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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: "World Health Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:40:14 +0200
Subject: Amazing Grant Notification!!...

World Health Organization (WHO)
Prama House
267 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 7HT
United Kingdom.
4th of February 2010


The Honorable Winner of Our Cash Prize,

World Health Organization (WHO) wish to congratulate you as a winner in our campaign to help smokers to quit or reduce their smoking habit.

For the first time in history winners are selected through computer ballot system and they do not participate in person;below are the winning details;

Coupons Number: WHO2010/RQSN/HK27
Amount Won: £3.2million (Three Million, Two Hundred Great British Pound).

Change smokers life, Stop Tuberculosis, Cancer and other diseases; with your prize and make the world a better place.

Contact us with the information below to claim your cash prize.

Truly Yours,

Martin Simon
Campaign Manager
World Health Organization

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