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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: "Apple Inc" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 23:26:40 +0700 (ICT)
Subject: Winning details

Apple Inc
Promotion/Prize Award Dept.
Ref: 4 Queens Road, London
Watford WD18 9BR
United Kingdom.

Registration details

Registered office: Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts WD18 9RN
Registered in England and Wales No. 2822203


This program is organized by Apple Company, endorsed by the European Promo guild in conjunction
with NGO organizations in Switzerland.

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded draws of Apple Inc Promo program,
Apple Promo draw was conducted on-line by an automated random computer ballot Search from the
Internet. No tickets were sold. This draw is conducted to mark Apple 30th years of production.

This result is now released to you. And your email address attached in the A Category. All email
addresses were selected through a computer ballot system in which your email address was selected
as one of the lucky winners, lucky number is: (01) (04) (28) (26) (27) (49) (21). And bonus ball
number (29), which consequently emerged you as the only winner in the United Kingdom Booklet.

You been approved for a lump prize off of £1,400,000.00 (One Million, Four Hundred Thousand
British pounds) in cash credited to File APP/EBD/011.

To begin your claim, you are required to send the necessary information to our London help line
below: Name---- Country---- Address--- Phone number--- Occupation--- Lucky number--- bonus ball

Helpline Service
Mr. Philips Anderson
Information and Payment Bureau:
London Representative Office.
Tel: +44-701-298-7766
Tel: +44-701-114-6655
Fax: +44-844-774-2197


Mrs. Selin Dulge
Promotions Manager
Apple Promo Board

TM and copyright © 2012 Apple Inc. 1 Infinite Loop, MS 96-DM, Cupertino, CA 95014.

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