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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: "NOKIA MOBILE COMPANY UK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 20:09:23 +0530
Subject: NOKIA AWARD 2012

Nokia House. Summit Avenue South wood
Farnborough Hampshire GU14 0NAG.
United Kingdom.
SCFN: /UkE7/7685/010767/0112.
BATCH: 4381/2011/E7-BLX..
This is to inform you that your E-mail ID has won 1,000,000 GBP, from NOKIA PROMOTION AWARD. Note that there were no sales of tickets as the NOKIA PROMOTION AWARD was held through collations of emails via the internet, your Email ID was attach with a NOKIA E7 Series, Serial NO: E787b3406, Ref No NOKIA E769ZF35 and Serial Ticket No E7K2907803-2
Contact your claims agent department immediately with all details below for the procedure of your claims.
1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Marital Status:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:
7. Country:
8. Tel Number:
9. Serial number:
10. Ref number:
11. Tagged ticket number:
12. E-mail ID:
Contact Your Claims Agent.
Warm Regards,
Dr. Thomas O. Ken
NOKIA Claims Manager
Tel: +44-701-005-7028

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