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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: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:42:48 -0800
Subject: Congratulations

Dear Lucky Winner,

I write to inform you of the just concluded Free Internet Lottery
result, your email address attached to Ticket, have
won for you the sum of $ 1,000,000 Million United State Dollars Via our
ATM Master Card Payment in this years Online Lottery.

Your Email address was selected randomly from the list of emails
address supplied to this office from the Microsoft Organization, with an Electronic Balotting system,without the
winners applying, you
emerge one of our lucky Winner.

To file your claim, you are to contact our Claims Department for
Claims Details with the Information Below:
Mr. David Mark
Please forward your below Information for claims Asap.

1. Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Country:
5. Telephone:
6. Sex:
7. Age:
8. How Do You Feel As A Winner:

All Payment is to be Made/Transferred via our trusted courier delivery
company to you through a diplomat.
All Prizes must be claimed within 4 weeks of draw results.only one
claim submission will be required. Successful claims will be honored
within 60 days of claim.

Thank you.
Congratulations once more and good luck.
Marilyn Austin

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