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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 Winning Award 2010" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 07:05:43 -0800
Subject: 2010 Microsoft Easter Promo

Microsoft Award Team
20 Craven Park, Harlesden, London NW10, United Kingdom.
Batch number: 12/25/0340
Ref number: MSN-L/200-26937
Winning number: GQ-88790-D

Attention: Lottery Winner,

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND POUND (£ 950,000.00) for the New Edition 2010 Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE in conjunction with a few other internet providers. YAHOO & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select five people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying and mind you this is not a HOAX, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

You are therefore advised to send the following information to the claims agent(Mr. Andre Bach"") to facilitate the remittance of your winning prize to you at once.

1. Full name............
2. Country..............
3. Contact Address........
4. Telephone Number.......
5. Marital Status.........
6. Occupation.............
7. Company..............
8. Age....................

Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited. Congratulations!! once again.

Please contact Mr. Bach for all necessary proceeds in receiving your prize, any emails not sent to this email would not be attended to:

Mr. Andre Bach. Email:
Phone no: +447024045999

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