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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: "Microsoft Windows" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <ahmedsule11@voila.fr>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 17:27:43 -0800
Subject: Congratulation you just won: (£750,000.00GBP)

Microsoft Windows
IncoperationBaley House,
Har Road Sutton,Greater
London SM1 4te.
United Kingdom.
 
Dear Lucky Recipient,
 
This is to inform you that you have been choosen among the recipients to receive a prize money of Seven hundred and fifthy thousand,Great British Pound Sterlings(750,000.00GBP) as an award for our end of year lottery promotion award, among millions of individuals that are using the internet, we selected Five lucky winners through electronic balloting System,we
congratulate you for being one of the people selected.
 
You are to contact our Event Manager with your identification numbers for further advice on how to claim your prize. These are your identification numbers:
 
Batch number....................HK 462178EA
Reff number.......................CR 456731FS
Winning number.................GY
 
 
Do fill the below verification and funds release form to enable him attend to your mail immediately.
 
You are expected to fill and submit to the Event Manager.
 
CLAIMS VERIFICATION
FORMFULL NAME:..........
RESIDENT ADDRESS:.........
SEX/GENDER:.........
AGE:.............
TEL No.:..........
MARITAL STATUS:.............
OCCUPATION:.......Position.......
COUNTRY:.........
Amount Won:............
 
Event Manager
Mr.Ahmed Sule
E-mail: ahmedsule11@voila.fr

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