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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: "BlackBerry Xmas Lottery" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 17:17:15 +0800
Subject: Dear Winner

BlackBerry Lottery Company
76 Sheen Lane, Richmond,
London SW14 8LP,
United Kingdom

Ref: UKBB/2901X2/55
Batch: BBX/124/01/Y369

Dear Winner, This is to bring to your notice that you have been approved by
BlackBerry Company to receive Xmas pay out sum of $300,000.00 (Three Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars) for this year 2011 lottery program.

Your e-mail address was attached to ticket number: 223300577345 133 with
Serial number 5219/02 drew, and a bonus number of (15) which subsequently won
you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to
claim a total sum of $300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars) in cash credited to file BB/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash
prize of $900,000.00 shared amongst the (3) lucky winners in this category
i.e Match 3 plus bonus.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Email Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate email that are listed online.

You are to contact our AFFILIATE CLAIM AGENT OFFICER with the following
information, for delivery of your winning amount sum of $300,000.00 (Three
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars).

1. Full Name: 2. Contact Address:
3. Occupation: 4. Home Phone No:
5. Cell Phone No: 5. Age & Sex:

International Claim Agent Officer
Mr. Albert Johnson
Tell: +447024026237

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.

Yours Truly,
Mrs. Patricia Wood.
Online Co-Ordinator.

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