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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: "Dr. Mike McCann" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <payoutdept@bsdmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:03:59 +0200
Subject: Re: GBP£750,000.00 Award Notification letter

                                                        CONGRATULATIONS!!!
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRAION ORGANIZATION (NASA) COMPANY AWARD.
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS (GBP750, 000:00) for the second quarter , 2011. Prize Promotion which was organized by [NASA] National Aeronautics And space Administration organization, NASAPeople .
Through collective email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from other E-mail Providers. Five people are selected this month to benefit from this promotion with regards to NASA Centers awards programs to meet the unique needs and character of their specific workforce. about 76 such programs were identified.
The majority of the award programs are non-monetary and most of the monetary awards include some form of non-monetary recognition, such as a plaque or certificate and this notification. About half of these Center-level awards are available to groups, persons and teams. For more details on your Centers award programs, contact your human resources office and/or refer to your respective Center awards and recognition These companies support, will encompass an extensive campaign including promotions and you are one of the Selected Winners.
 
PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
Stated below are your identification numbers:
BATCH NUMBER: MFI/06/APA-43658
REFERENCE NUMBER:2022234522
PIN: 1206
Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre. These numbers fall within the United Kingdom Location file, you are requested to contact our Payment director for payment directives with your claim immediately.
 
mrs.dinawesley@archaeologist.com
Agent Name: Mrs.Dina Wesley
Address: Cluny Mews, West Kensington, London SW5 9EG , United Kingdom .
 
You are advised to send the following informations to your agent to facilitate the release of your winning fund to you.
1. Full Names..........................................................
2. Contact Address................................................
3. Telephone Number.............................................
4. Fax Number........................................................
5. Occupation............................. .
Congratulations!! Once again.
Yours in service,
Dr. Mike McCann
All rights reserved. Terms of Service Guideline
Kindly find details in the attachment for your payment claim and contact your agent immediately
 
WARNING!! WARNING!!
Do not give out your winning informations and avoid public notice, to avoid double claim.

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