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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: "Richard A Simonson" <nokiacashsplashpr011@nokia.com>
Reply-To: "Richard A Simonson" <nokiacashsplashpr011@live.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 07:00:47 +0100
Subject: Important Information

New Page 4

Dear hotmail.com.tas2@bushmail.net,

You or someone entered your information on our web Ad for the 2012 Nokia New Year Promo and we are using this medium to officially notify you that the result of the promo was recently released as shown below:

S/N Winners List Amount Won Ticket Number Status
1  ahmed.matinshah@shell.com 700,000.00 GBP Confidential Unclaimed
2 hotmail.com.tas2@bushmail.net 400,000.00 GBP NOK81124TF Unclaimed
3 helen.chabane@bluewin.ch 200,000.00 GBP Confidential Unclaimed

We are happy to inform you that you are our second prize winner and you won 400,000.00 GBP (Four Hundred thousand Great British Pounds) at this promo. Your ticket number is NOK81124TF. Please take note of your ticket number as it will be needed for verification.

Your prize money will be transferred to you by NatWest Bank PLC as soon as possible. To receive your prize money without delays, simply fax the following information to NatWest Bank for verification:

1. Your Full names 2. Residential/Office address 3. Phone number 4. Fax number 5.Email address 6. Occupation 7. Ticket number

The bank's fax number is +44-700-593-1140 and the required information should be sent via fax only.

After the receipt of your fax and verification that you are the right person, NatWest Bank PLC will transfer 400,000.00 GBP to you. To fasten the process, call the fund manager of the bank in person of Mrs. Sharon Burnett on +447024011471 OR +447024020317 after you have sent your details by fax.

Bear it in mind that you won big in this promo because you are one of our valuable customers. However, if you wish to decline the receipt of your prize money, you are to notify us on time so that the opportunity will be given to another Nokia phone user.

WARNING: Because of numerous fraudulent schemes going around the internet, confidentiality should be accorded at all times. You are expected to keep the news of your winning and your ticket number to yourself until you have received your prize money. This is to avoid false claims and abuse of the program. Nokia Corporation will never ask you to pay any fee before you receive your prize money.

You can call +44-702-405-4836 if you wish to speak to someone from our office.

Congratulations!!!

Richard A Simonson
Chief Financial Officer
Nokia Corporation - UK

Tel: +44-702-405-4836
Web: http://www.nokia.com
 



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