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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: "Customer Services" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:22:37 +0600

Customer Services
1-3 Tzavella Str., 152 31, Halandri

Attn: Lucky Winner,

We bring to your notice the winning prize from VODAFONE ANNIVERSARY
program held on the 26th March 2011 through Internet ballot
System among 20,000 Microsoft users.

Subsequently, your email attached to winning no: 48823) won contract
sum of €500,000.( Five Hundred Thousand Euro Only )We request your
serious attention to this notification by contacting the claims and
notarization department with claim information and procedures of claim.

Chief Finance Officer,
Contact Person: Mr.Larry Asasia
Tel: +30-697-258-3641

Also require are;

1. Full Names
2. Address
3. Sex
4. Age
5. Country
6. Contact Phone Number
7. Winning number

Congratulations once again from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Linda Cole.

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