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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 LOTTO PROMO 2010" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:32:09 +0700

Dear Cash Winner,

Your e-mail address was selected and confirmed by our co-sponsor Microsoft International, through their latest internet software. You have therefore been approved by MICROSOFT®
CORPORATION UK the sum of £1.5 Million Pounds (One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Pounds). These funds are in cash, credited to a valid cashier's check, with a winning Reg. No.
MCIMJ: 36925/0751, BATCH NUMBER: 2009MJL-01 and REF. NUMBER: MSW-L/200-26937. Be informed that your prize has been insured and ready for pay out to you. You are to contact your assigned claims officer below with your required information's:

Name: Mr.Steve Kumbe
Claims Verification Department.
Telephone: +44-703-593-1936

Do email the above Claims Administrator, at once with this Claims Requirements:
1. Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Nationality:
4. Age:
5. Occupation:
6. Tel
7. Sex:
8. Winning Email Address:

Mode of Prize Remittance:
(1) Courier Delivery Of your Certified Winning Cheque and other Winning
Documents safely to you.
(2) Come down to our payment center to receive your claims

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Long Timothy
Head Of Customer Care Service.
Copyright © 2010 Microsoft® Inc. UK.

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