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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:07:15 -0000

Coca Cola Foundation
Head Office United Kingdom
Ref Number:RGM/1313-101
Batch Number: 443821545-NL/2011
Ticket Number: PP 3812 /2011-07
Winning Amount : 14,000,000.00.GBP

YOUR REF : EUR-57736825689 177

Attn: Dear Internet User

We are pleased to notify you the "Winner" of our last Secured Mega Jackpot Online Sweepstakes result. This is a reward program for the patronage of internet services and all email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly selected from an internet resource database of registered software and domain users.

Your email was selected from a random web mail database and your email address has won the prize tfourteen million great british pounds and a brand new i-pad from E-lottery World Wide International. Your email was found from World Network Base in connection with the United States Information Network Online (U.S.I.N.O) which is affiliated with the internet. And you were selected as the winner of the 2011 COCA-COLA ONLINE LOTTERY FREE DRAW.

Your parcel containing your WINNING DRAFT and your i-pad, please contact us immediately and provide us your full details below for validation of your payment scheme to send your Winning Drafted Funds and laptop to your address after your delivery is been approved in your country:

*Reference Number: EUR-15/AB7026451-ES
*E-ticket number: EUR/POT/2011-04
*Batch Number: 443821545-NL/2011
*Ticket Number: PP 3812 /2011-07
*Category: A

Your Full Name:

Your Mailing Address:

Your Telephone Number:

Your City:

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Further more for your claims of 14,000,000.00 and Brand New i-pad, you are advice to send your full information to us immediately for guidance to receive your winning money and i-pad.

Agent Sarah Sanders
Coca-cola remittance Depratment..

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