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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: "COCA-COLA UK" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 09:43:34 +0800
Subject: Congratulations!!! Your email has won you One Million British Pounds (GBP1,000.000.00)

Coca-Cola Great Britain
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Prize Redemption Center - 1 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9HQ, United Kingdom.
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BATCH REF: /2011/YY,

This is to inform you that your email address have won a prize money of One Million British Pounds (GBP1,000.000.00) for the ongoing 2011 Online International E-mail Draw which was organized by Coca-Cola Company of United Kingdom.

All participants were selected through a Computer Balloting System drawn from Two Hundred Thousand E-mail Addresses from Canada, Australia, India, United States, United Arab Emirates, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our International Promotion Program which is conducted annually.


Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. COCA-COLA Online International E-mail Award must be claimed not later than 21 days from date of Draw Notification. Any Prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Stated below is your winning information:

Serial Number........................51390-0
Lucky Numbers.......................03-05-12-14-28-38
Ref Number...........................N.EGS/3662367114/13

This numbers fall within the USA (Maryland) Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in USA (Barrister. Peter) with the details below and send your winning information to him by E-Mail:

AGENT NAME: Barrister. Peter.


PHONE NUMBER: +1443-437-9207.

As a matter of urgency, you should kindly contact your claim agent using the above mentioned email address and remember to send the below numbers to him for verifications.

Serial number........................51390-0
Lucky number.......................03-05-12-14-28-38
Ref number...........................N.EGS/3662367114/13

Congratulations!! Once again.

Yours in service,
Dr. (Mrs.) Jenifer William
(Publicity Secretary)

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