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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 COMPANY UK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 12:39:46 +0200
Subject: YOU WON 500.000.00 BRITISH POUNDS t_w


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held on the 30th Of April 2011 by Coca-Cola company in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion.

Your email was among the 4 Lucky winners who won a lump sum of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND BRITISH POUNDS STERLINGS (500,000.000 ) each on THE COCA COLA COMPANY PROMOTIONS.

However the results were released on the 14th of May 2011 and your email was attached to ticket number (CC/7PWYZ2010) and ballot number (CC/BT:12052010/20) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet,

However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).
in order to claim your prize contact our fiduciary agent Lottery Claims Officer:

MR. William Smith,

(Provide him with the information below:

1.Full Name:

2.Full Address:

3.Marital Status:





8.Country Of Residence:

9.Telephone Number:

10.a copy of your id or paspport
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Congratulations once again On Behalf of the staff And Members Of the COCA COLA COMPANIES and therefore advised you to keep your winning information confidential and restrict from third Party to avoid double or false claims of your winning

Denis Cole
(Lottery Coordinator)

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