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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: "Ms. Alicia Molten" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 02:50:17 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON !!!

©2012.Coca-Cola Great Britain1 Queen Caroline StreetHammersmithLondonW6 9HQUnited Kingdom. Attn: Winner You have won the sum of £750,000.00 (Great British Pounds) from The Coca-Cola Company UK©,I wish to announce you as one of the 2nd lucky winners in our WORLD WIDE WEB PROMOTIONAL OLYMPIC BONANZA sweepstakes draw held on 18-05-2012 .Your email address emerged along side 2 others as a 2nd category winner in this year's Annual Online Promotion Draw. My Coke Rewards provides lots of little ways to put a smile on your face, every time you drink a Coca-Cola product. As the leading consumer packaged goods loyalty marketing program in the U.S., we have over 14 million members who have received more than 18 million rewards from leading companies.Requirements:1. Name:2. Address:3. Age:4. Sex:5. Occupation:6. Telephone Number:7. Country of Residence: Kindly Contact:Mr. Michael BrandTEL: WE CALL YOU. +44 7045735777EMAIL: - Friday 09:00 - 17:00) Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality untilthe end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulentclaims.This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claimingand unwarranted abuse of this program CONGRATULATIONS!!!Yours faithfullyMs. Alicia MoltenOnline Sweepstakes Coordinator©Copyright 2012

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