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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: "HONDA,CR-V,LX COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 00:53:27 +0530
Subject: Congratulation! Reference Winner Number:HONDA:652-662/25

520 London Rd-slough,GL3 7QY,
United Kingdom
Reference Number:HONDA:652-662/25.

Dear Winner,

Congratulations, you have just won a brand new HONDA CR.V LX car and a
cash prize of GB500,000.00 {Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds(GBP)
in the satellite software email lottery. On line Sweepstakes International
program held on MAY,2011. Conducted by HONDA LOTTERY BOARD in which
your e-mail addresses was pick randomly by software powered by the Internet.
Officer Name: Mr.Morrison Spencer.
Phone: +44-7010-041-284
Honda LX.House London.UK

Below is the claims and verifications form. You are expected to fill
and return it immediately so we can start Processing your claims:

1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Direct Phone No:
4. Fax Number:
5. Occupation:
6. Sex:
7. Age:
9.10 Annual Income:
10.Won Before:no
11.Batch number:AT-040SB06-03
12:Ticket Numbers:2752246896
We wish you the best of luck as you spend your good fortune. Thank you
for being part of our commemorative yearly Draws.

Mrs. Lissa Walter
Honda CR.V.LX Promotion Team

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