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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: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 12:48:41 +0100
Subject: Apple Award Winner 2012


As part of our New Year award Lottery,your email address has been selected

as 2012 APPLE AWARD WINNER.You have been rewarded with an APPLE iPAD(APPLE

IPAD 2 WIFI 64GB WHITE) and a cheque worth 300,000 Pounds.Below is your

reference number:APPLE MC918B/A. To receive your prize,kindly send your

contact information and your reference number(APPLE MC918B/A.) to the

online Director for your prize.Find below the contact Information of the

Online Director:

CONTACT INFORMATION: Level 16, Block B, Northpoint Office,

Medan Syed Putra Utara, 59200 Manchester City,United


Online Director: Dr Duncan Peters

Email Address:


(a)Full Name:..............(b)Address & Telephone:....


Congratulation once again.

Mrs Angela Briggs

Pogram Director

Apple Incorporation

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