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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 Award Team" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 17:52:07 -0600


Microsoft Award Team
20 Craven Park, Harlesden
London NW10
United Kingdom
Ref: BTD/672009/09
Batch: 67920088E


The prestigious Microsoft and AOL has set out and successfully organized a
sweepstake marking 2010 anniversary, we
rolled out over � 25,000,000.00(Twenty five Million Great British
for our yearly online usage email promotions.
Participants for the draws were randomly selected and drawn from a
wide range of World Wild Web (www) email hosts from whose patronage we have
become what we are today.

Your email addresses as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket
number:2008727060609 with serial
numbers:BTD/672009/09 and drew lucky numbers:83-15-91-67-32-21(08) which
subsequently won you �500,000.00(Five Hundred Thousand Great British
Pounds)in our yearly organized email awareness/marketing campaign.

Necessary Informations and procedures would be passed across in due
again Congratulations and we do hope to hear from you soon.
You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with your winning details

**Full Names
**Residential Address
**Company Name
**Next Of Kin
Mr.Robin Williams
Fiduciary Officer
Awareness Promotions board

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