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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:

Date: Thur, 03 Mar 2010 14:48:50 -0000
Subject: Notification!!!

(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 Corporation,in
conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software
products,(F.P.S.) held on the 3rd March 2010,in United kingdom to mark
the new year celebration ,You were selected for the prize of £480,000.00
(Four Hundred And Eighty Thousand Great British Pounds) In the fifth
category .

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
25,000 company email addresses, and 30,000,000 individual email addresses
from all the Email service providers world wide as part of International
Promotions Program, which is conducted annually in London, United Kingdom.

It is important to note that your award was released with the following
particulars attached to it.

(1).File Number: F1267-2009
(2).Reff. Code :KP23/857/MCL5 /CO
(3).Grant Number: MICC/97846563459/206.

For Validation Purpose Besure To Include The Following Information Below.
.Full Names:
.Residential address:

Contact Claims processing Officer With Below Information:

TEL/FAX:+4470457 14110

Soon As The Above Information is Received Through E-mail: You Will Be
Duly Informed.

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