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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®" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 02:51:30 +0100
Subject: Congratulations

(UK. Regional Office)
Microsoft Building, Wright Lane,
Kensington London W85sp.

Winner No. 005,

It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by Microsoft Coporation ,in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products,(F.P.S.) held this Morning 16th march 2010 here in United kingdom, A Draft of $1,000.000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) will be issued in your name.

It is important to note that your award was released with the following particulars attached to it.
(1) File Number: F1267-2010
(2) Ref. Code :KP23/857/MCL5 /CO
(3) Grant Number: MICC/97846563459/206

Forward The Following Information as Listed Below and Send to Asset Management & Finance Group Office [ Microsoft Coporation Consultancy Firm].

.Residential address:
.Full Names:

Asset Management & Finance Group Office :
51a High Street, Hanham, Bristol. BS15 3DQ.
Director : Mr.Clive Owen
Contact Email:

Soon as The Above Information is Received Through, You Will Be Duly Informed

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