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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "KIA MOTORS PROMO. 2009" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 05:47:09 +0200
Subject: KIA MOTORS PROMO. 2009

#45-46 Margaret Street,
Northend RD,
London W14 9NL

Dear Beneficiary,

We happily announce to you the draw of the KIA MOTORS PROMO programs By the
Board of trustees of the above KIA MOTORS PROMO based in
South Korea held on the 9th of NOVEMBER 2009 in London. Your e-mail address
attachedto ticket number: ET51/661/09 with Serial number 5388/02
drew the lucky numbers: 31-6- 2613357, which subsequently won the
lottery in the category. You are therefore, been approved to claim a total
sum of 410,000.00 pounds GREAT BRITAIN STELLING for end for year promo
2009 lottery win promotion which is organized by KIA LOTTORY
with a Brand New Kia Rio, for your own personal, education and business
development. This
promotion is to show our customers all over the world, our
appreciation and high class of production technology..

Please endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers:
(Batch #: KRC20/090/09, Ticket #: ET51/661/09) in all

Please contact our licensed and accredited agent assigned
to you for the claim of your prize and documents to show
you are the bonafide winner:
Contact: Mr. Ronald Baker
Direct line: +447035983816

You are to contact your claims agent with this details
below so that your winning can be delivered appropriately:

1 NAME IN FULL:...........
2 DELIVERY ADDRESS:...........
3 AGE: ...........
4 NATIONALITY:...........
5 OCCUPATION: ...........
7 SEX:...........

On behalf of the Board, kindly accept our warmest

Yours faithfully,
Sir. Alfred Xavier
Promotion Officer.

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