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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: Coca Cola Bottling Company <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:47:52 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Web-event Beneficiary!!!

#46 Kempshott Road,
London, SW16 5LQ
United Kingdom.
Ref: XYL /26510460037/05
Batch: 24/00319/IZP
Winning number:PL/09788/60

Congratulations Email User,

The Board of Directors and the International Promotion Department of Coca Cola Bottling Company in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme and Eircom Telecommunication company wish to gladly inform you that your email has won a prize money of Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings (£750,000.00) in our 2010 Global Upliftment Programme. This program is aimed to encourage you to patronize our products and also help uplift families’ financial status around the globe, hence no ticket sold. To claim your winning prize you are to send the following information about yourself to the claims processing manager for verification & direction. Do Contact the processing manager with the below contact information;

Claims Processing Manager: Mr. Joe Cole
Contact Number: +447045712755

Full Name: Contact Address: Age: Direct Contact Number: Sex/Gender: Occupation: Country: Nationality:

On behalf of the entire management and staff we say Congratulations once

Best Wishes!!,
Mrs. Johan Robinson
Coca Cola Online Co-ordinator

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