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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: "PepsiCo International Ltd" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 09:14:05 -0000
Subject: Dear Email Owner

PepsiCo International Ltd
63 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2QL, United Kingdom

PepsiCo is a world leader in convenient snacks, foods and beverages with revenues of more than $60 billion and over 285,000 employees. Pepsi has been bringing fun and refreshment to consumers for over 100 years, Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) is the world's largest manufacturer, From its humble beginnings over a century ago, Pepsi-Cola has grown to become one of the best-known, most-loved products throughout the world. Today, the company continues to innovate, creating new products, new flavors and new packages in varying shapes and sizes to meet the growing demand for convenience and healthier choices. Pepsi is constantly on the lookout for ways to ensure their consumers get the products they want, when they want them and where they want them.

Seller and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages with more than 95 plants and 515 distribution centers worldwide which generate nearly $35 billion in sales annually Pepsi was first introduced as "Brad's Drink" in New Bern,North Carolina in 1898 by Caleb Bradham, who made it at his home where the drink was sold. It was later named Pepsi Cola, possibly due to the digestive enzyme pepsin and kola nuts kola used in the recipe. Bradham sought to create a fountain drink that was delicious and would aid in digestion and boost energy.


we are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held by Pepsi Bottling Company in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion, your email was amongst the 20 Lucky winners who won £600,000.00 GBP Six hundred thousand Great Britain Pound each on the Pepsi Bottling Company promotion award.
However the results were released and your email attached to ticket number HTT732W) and ballot number (BT:5643325/10) batch number (xx652) and reference number(76pp5r) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 25,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.

This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 6rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. For remittance of winning, Winners are to come over to our office here in London. And for those who cannot make the trip over to the United Kingdom in person should contact the Pepsi Promotion remittance officer as soon as possible for him to arrange an alternative for you, If you can make the trip, you are also required to contact the remittance officer with the details below.


Full Names:
Marital Status:
Telephone/Fax number:
Mobile number:

NB: For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned. To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims department by email for processing and remittance of your prize to you. You are required to fill and submit the above particulars to Mr. Edward Garrick (Overseas Claims/United Kingdom Payment Officer) with the below email address. Your assigned claims officer contact details.

Name: Mr. Edward Garrick

NOTE: Upon receipt of this information's, our payment unit will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below sending the batch and reference numbers and these information's below for quick verifications and release of funds between the hours of 8.00am - 17.30pm on Monday - Friday.

*Staff of Pepsi Bottling Company and the British American Tobacco Company is not to partake in this Lottery.

Accept my congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Sir Peter A. Bridgman
Promotion Coordinator,
Pepsi International Award.
Sweepstakes International Program
Copyright © 1994-2012 The Pepsi-Cola Inc.
Signed by
Indra K. Nooyi
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
All rights reserved. Terms of Service Guidelines.

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