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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 Corporation Promo Department <>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 05:36:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Notic_From_Microsoft_Corporation=AE_Promotions_Department_?=

Microsoft Corporation Promo Department

Barley House Harold Road

Sutton, Greater London SM1 4TE

United Kingdom.


Attn: From Microsoft Corporation® Promotions Department

Your email address won in our 2010 email lottery draw. You have therefore been

approved to claim a total sum of GBP 1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION BRITISH POUNDS


Contact your Fiduciary agent for the claims of your lottery prize with the

information provided below;


Name: Simone Claudia

TEL: + 44-702-404-3654

FAX: + 44-700-606-7769


Please provide him with your winning information which includes Promo number:

8489949009, Batch number: CLD/MPD/8765-1009 and Ref number: MCLP-UKGB/22546/09.

Congratulations from the entire Promo Board of Microsoft promotions.

Yours in Service

Margaret Lewis

Award Promotions Coordinator


Please do not reply to this email. Reply only to your fiduciary agent for the

claims of your prize.

CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is intended

only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that

is privileged, confidential and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under

applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any

dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited.

If you received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply email

and destroy all copies of the original message.

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