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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: Microsoft Award Team <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 12:47:58 -0500
Subject: Winning No:M/card/456/2012

Winning No:M/card/456/2012
Ticket No:Mcard/647/2012
Notification Date:24/5/2012
AMOUNT WON: 1,200,000.00 GBP (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Great
Britain Pounds).

This email address has brought you an unexpected luck,Your e-mail
address was selected and confirmed among the 50 winners by our co-sponsor
MicrosoftInternational, through their latest internet software. You are
therefore been approved by MasterCard Int. /Microsoft UK the sum of
1,200,000.00 GBP (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds).

NAME: George Peterson

MasterCard / Microsoft Promotion Department
Do email the above Claims Administrator, at once with all the claims
requirements below. To avoid unnecessary delay. They are needed to proceed.

Claims Requirements:
1. Full Name:_____________________
2. Address:_____________________
3. Nationality:___________Sex:________
4. Age:________Date of Birth:___________
5. Occupation:_____________________
6. Cell Phone:___________Fax:___________
7. State of Origin:_________Country:____
8.Email Address___________

Contact the Claims Administrator with all
your claims requirements well filled.

Mrs.Claudia Goncalves Vianna
MasterCard / Microsoft Mega Jackpot
Copyright 2012 Microsoft Inc

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