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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: "Mrs. Yolanda Brandon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2012 06:52:20 +0200

Microsoft Corporation Sweepstakes Promotion,
Customer Service.
Your Winning Batch No: HLS/LTY/2901
Your Winning Reference No: SBL/029/2910


We are pleased to inform you of the release of the long awaited results of Sweepstakes promotion organized by Microsoft Corporations,In conjunction with the FOUNDATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF SOFTWARE products, (F.P.S.) held this (JUNE) 2012,In Madrid Spain.Where in your email address emerged as one of the online Winning emails,Where in your email address emerged in category "A" with the following numbers attached:

(i) Reference Number: SBL/029/2910 (ii) Batch Number: HLS/LTY/2901

You are therefore to receive a cash prize of? 550,000.00 euro (Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros Only),from the total payout sum.The payout of this cash prize to you will be subject to the final validations and satisfactory report that you are the owner of the winning-email address.In line with the Governing rules of claim,You are required to establish contact with your designated claims agent via email with the particulars below:

1. Full name:................

2. Address:.....................

3. Occupation:.............................

4. Tel/Fax:......................

5. Cell/Mobile:....................

6. Age:....................

7. Winning Ref Number:...............

8. Nationality:................

Mr. James Marshall



We ask that you keep your Winning information confidential until your claims have been processed. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participant.

The Microsoft Internet E-mail lottery Awards is sponsored by former CEO/Chairman, Bill Gates and a consortium of software promotion companies. The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers and other International Companies. The Microsoft internet E-mail draw is held periodically and is organized to encourage the use of the Internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.



Mrs. Yolanda Brandon,
Promotions Manager.
(Group Co-ordinator)

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