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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: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:36:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: You Have Won!!Congratulation!!

Batch number.......ZA09133GD
Ref number........ZQ34455DG
Winning number.....ZX09789DG

This is to inform you that you have won prize money of Seven Hundred And
Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds (£750,000.00) for the month of August
2010 Lottery promotion, which is organized by YAHOO/MSN LOTTERY INC &
MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email Addresses of the people that are
active online, among the million That subscribed to INTERNET we only
select five people every Month as our Winners through electronic balloting
System without the winner Applying, we congratulate you for being one of
the people selected.

These numbers fall within your Location file, you are requested to Contact
the events manager; send your winning fund.

Forward the following details to help facilitate the processing of your

1. Full Names:
2. Address:
3. Mobile Number:
4. Sex:
5. Age:
6. Occupation:
7. Country of Residence:

Name: Mr. Brown Walter
Telephone: +4470359 34248

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Sharon Cole.

© 2010 Microsoft & Yahoo! Inc

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