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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:

Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:05:58 +0700 (WIT)

CONGRATULATIONS FROM FACEBOOK LONDON ENGLAND!Facebook the largest Social Networking site valued more than $100 Billion Dollars and also expecting its One Billion Users to come mainly from Mobile devices than desktop Users by 2014, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has decided to boost Users and Companies a WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY by Lottery Program and Initial Public Offer said in a press release.We are pleased to inform you officially of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held on the (22nd of January, 2014) by the Facebook Awards Promotion (UK) in conjunction with the British America Tobacco Promotion, your email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won &pound;1,000,000.00 each.THE FACEBOOK AWARD PROMOTIONHowever the results were released on the 16th August, 2014 and your email was attached to ticket number (TFR/9900034943/JPT) and ballot number (BT:FR/45-300-07) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of (250,000) 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 Facebook Gaming Board England (UK) and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your prize money remitted into your designated bank. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program,Please be on the website link below to view the photo page of some of our recent lucky winners. FreeLotto Winning Draw ResultsIn order to claim your &pound;1,000,000.00 GBP (One Million Great Britain Pounds) only prize winning, which has been deposited in a assigned designated bank been LLOYDS TSB BANK? However, you will have to fill the form below and send it to the Promotion manager of THE FACEBOOK AWARD PROMOTION UK for verification and then you will be directed to the bank for the transfer of &pound;1,000,000.00 GBP in cash into your nominated bank account of your choice in your country,NAME:&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;. AGE:&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.SEX:&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;. ADDRESS:&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.EMAIL:&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip; PHONE:&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;..OCCUPATION:&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;. COUNTRY:&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.Please you are advice to complete the verification form and send it immediately to our Promotion manager through email for prompt collection of your fund from the designated bank.PLEASE VIEW THE ATTACHED FILE FOR FURTHER STEP ON HOW YOU CAN PROCEED AND CLAIM THE PRIZE MONEY URGENTLY.(CONTACT PROMOTION MANAGER)Name: Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth HendersonTel:+44-871 996 8715E MAIL: dept.financengland@ovi.comFacebook Claim AgentSincerely,Facebook Awards ManagementEngland (UK).

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