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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: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 02:07:02 +0100 (CET)
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?Your_e-mail_address_has_won_you_=C2=A3415,000.00GBP_online?=

Dear Winner,

Are you the owner of this email address? If Yes Congratulations, your
email has won you the sum of =C2=A3415,000.00 Great British Pounds from=
NOKIA PROMOTION draws 14/02/2012 with free ticket Number: APP2365667547=
and Lucky Number: MX014926583.

For the claim of your won prize money, kindly contact by email or
telephone our by Payment officer Dr. Peter Anderson with the below deta=
sent along with your official names, country,address, sex, age, tel#,
occupation, date of draw.

Dr.Peter Anderson
2nd Floor Berkley Square House Berkley Square,
London W1J 6BD
United Kingdom.
Tel: +447031805910 Ext 12.

Congratulations once again

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Reimund Schurtenberger
NOKIA Online Department
=C2=A9 Copyright 2012 Nokia Inc

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