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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 International Award <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:43:17 +0100

Dear Sir/ Madam

Your email address were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of GBP200,000.00 (TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS)as charity donations/aid from the Coca cola Company held in United Kingdom in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament and ORDER TECHNICAL DRAW CENTER.
Your pin is: CCC-010MD1511

For more information and to claim your winning, Email your name, phone number and pin as stated above to;
Rev. Mark Steele


Mrs Edith Elsworth
Award Publicity Secretary

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