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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:

Reply-To: Michael Hibberd <>
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 07:44:02 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Urgent/Congratulation

Dear Winner,

We happily announce to you that you have won our International Charity Award of 5.5 Million Pounds Sterling during the 2010 Global Internet Summit titled "Discovering Greatness, held in the London, United Kingdom. All 30 winning Addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international Emails. Your Email address emerged alongside 29 others as a category 2 winner in this year's Annual UK CHARITY FOUNDATION PROMOTION LOTTERY draw. No tickets were sold.

Please E-mail your ticket number MSC/5291503 to redeem your AWARD

Name: MR. Michael Hibberd

John Oates
Promotion Manager.

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