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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 Award Team" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 05:53:09 +0100
Subject: Your E-mail Just Won.

Ref: XYL /26510460037/05
Batch: 24/00319/IZP
Winning code:PL/09788/60
Coca Cola Bottling Company,
#443 Bury New Road,
Prestwich, Manchester,
Lancashire, M8 5DT,
London.United Kingdom.

Congratulations Email User:

The International Promotion Department of Coca-Cola Bottling Company in
conjunction with British American Tobacco and Une Service Provider
conducted their 2011 Global Upliftment Programme yesterday and this e-mail
address won a prize money of Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great
British Pounds Sterlings (£750,000.00). These program is aimed to
encourage you to continue patronizing our product and also help customers
recover from financial recession around the Globe. The draws was conducted
from a list of 25,000 company e-mail addresses, 30,000,00 individual
e-mail addresses from over 40 networks and corporate bodies picked by an
advanced automated random computer selection from the web hence there was
no ticket sold.

Your Winning package contain a Valuable Documents of,(1).Coca-Cola Rumble
Kits (2) Coca-Cola Winning Certificate (3)Bank Draft Cheque value
750,000.00 GBP(Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds Sterling).
kindly contact the Payment Processing manager through the information
provided below for immediate release;

Claims Processing Manager: Mr. Jole Cole
Contact Number: +447035967012

Your Winning code:
Full Name:
Contact Address:
Phone: Sex/Gender:

on behalf of the entire management and staffs we say Congratulations once

Best Wishes!!
Mrs. Ann T. Taylor,
President, Coca Cola Global Business Service.

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