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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:

Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 20:51:01 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: You have won!!! Ref Num: (CCI 977)

Grant promotion 2011
Ref Num: (CCI 977)

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice that coca-cola company
has chosen you by the board of trustees as one of the final recipients of
this year promotion cash Grant/Donation to celebrate the 50th anniversary
celebration and your email address have emerged a Grant of {$650,000.00
USD} Six hundred and fifty thousand United State Dollars.

Please fill out below information and indicate how you want your funds
sent to you: Either the service of the BANK or COURIER DELIVERY.

1. Full Name:....... 2. Address:........ 3. Nationality:......... 4.
Age:.......... 5. Sex:.......... 6. Occupation:..........
7. Phone/Fax:......... 8. Present Country:...........

Contact Agent:
Dr. Garry Wilcott
Tel: +447011133562

Your Faithfully
Dr. Garry Wilcott
promotion manager.

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