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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: "BBC NATIONAL LOTTERY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <bccfreelotto@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:22:19 -0000
Subject: YOUR EMAIL HAVE WON $2,500,000 BONUS FROM BBC MERIT AWARD 2011!!!

BBC NATIONAL LOTTERY
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/lottery
Draw no. 1625
06 10 15 32 42 49 BONUS 04
E-mail: bbcfreelotto001@yahoo.co.id
bccfreelotto@zoho.com
Wednesday July 20th   2011
 
Dear Lucky Winner,
It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication organized by BBC NATIONAL LOTTERY and Microsoft Corporation ,in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products,(F.P.S.) held this month of May in Sheraton Hotel and towers,Jakarta-Indonesia.A winning prize of $2,500,000.(Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)will be paid to you.The draw no.1604 brought out your email address active from our Data Base system among the selected lucky winners from the 6(Six) Continents of the world.It is important to note that your award was released with the following particulars attached to it.Forward the following Information as listed below and send to our claim managers.We strongly advice it's compulsory you call +62 85697388009 or +62 2183373002 For guideline on how to receive your winning prize payment.  
(1) File Number: ID2267-2011
(2) Ref. Code :KP23/967/MCL5 /JKT
(3) Grant Number: MICC/97846563459/206
(4)Residential address:
(5)Tel(Mobile):
(6)Nationality/Country:
(7)Full Names:
(8)Your Email:
(9)Age/Sex:
(10)Occupation/Position:
 
Claim Manager:
Dr.Mrs.Hungioyen Bella
Dr.Mitwally Essam Mokhtar
Tel:+62 2183373002
http://www.bbc.co.uk/lottery

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