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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: "Coca Cola Draw 2012"<>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:59:52 -0700
Subject: ==========Coca Cola Alert===========

Coca-Cola Great Britain
1 Queen Caroline Street
W6 9HQ
Dear Email-User,
            This is to notify you that your e-mail has been selected as a winner of Five Hundred Thousand Pounds (500,000.00 GBP) in the ongoing COCA-COLA 2012 e-mail  hot pick Lottery promotion. Your email ID. was randomly selected by our ballot computer system from a Data Base of Internet Email Users from Asia, America Europe and Africa and your email address came out as one of the winning email addresses from your region/territory which automatically makes you the winner of the stated amount.
You are advised to contact the payment officer (Dr. Olu  Richard) immediately with the below mentioned requirements for payment/remitting of your won prize to you.
Fiduciary Dept :
Dr. Olu Richard.
Tel: +448719150042
1. Name:
2. Address:
3. Age:
4. Sex:
5. Occupation:
6. Cell phone Number:
7. State:
8. Country of Residence:
9.Annual Income:
             Congratulation once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Dr. Rita James.
Tel: +448719150042

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