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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:43:13 +0530

BALLOT NUMBER (UK: 71320013/13
The Chverolet Company Plc Official Prize Award Winner Notification.

Dear Guaranteed Award Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of concluded final draws held on the 18th November, 2013 by Chverolet in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion, your email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won (£1,000,000,00 POUNDS) each on the CHEVROLET COMPANY PROMOTION UK. However the results were released on the (18th November 2013) and your email was attached to TICKET NUMBER (8ZYPK2013)and BALLOT NUMBER (UK: 71320013/13. The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of (29,031) E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from data base of the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. This Lottery is approved by the British Gambling Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gambling Regulators (IAGR).This is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensit
In ORDER to claim your winning prizes, You are required to fill the form below and send it to the Promotion manager of THE CHEVROLET COMPANY UK for verification and then you will be directed on how to claim your wining amount of (£1,000,000,00 POUNDS) One Million Great British Pounds.
Please you are advised to fill the form below and send it immediately to the claim manager for verification through email below for prompt collection of your winning fund.

Claim manager Name Dr. Collins Cole

Fill Out This Form (Verification Form) Particulars attached
1.Full Names:
2.Your Full Address:
3.Your Date of Birth:
4.Your Nationality:
5.Your Country of resident:
6.Your Current City:
7.Your Occupation:
9.Marital Status:
10.Winning Email Address:
11.Your Mobile Number:
12. Scan copy of your ID card or Driving License/Photo:
13. Date:
14. Your Ballot Number:
15. Your Ticket Number:
Congratulations once again from the entire staff of the CHEVROLET PROMO TEAM ENGLAND.

Best Regards to you.
Dr. Collins Cole
Promotion Manager
Tel: Phone Number: +44871-9743-952

Congratulation from the Chverolet lottery board.

>From The Chverolet Promotion Company Plc England UK.
Kindly Contact Your Claims Agent Dr. Collins Cole

Claim Your (£1,000,000,00 POUNDS) One Million Great British Pounds Now.
NOTE: If you are not the rightful owner of this E-mail Address
Please don't reply to this message, for any double claim will lead to
Disqualification of this Award. Be Warned!!!

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