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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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Fraud email example:

From: "CHINA SOUTHERN POWER GRID CO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:03:17 +0100
Subject: MICRO ID: CSG-W002-HTY2-02FE

No.6 Huasui Road, Zhujiang Xincheng Tianhe District,
Guangzhou, P.R.China, 510623
Tel: (86 10) 58160076
Fax: (86 10) 84775107

Dear E-mail User,


We at the China Southern Power Grid Limited global office like to officially congratulate you for the position you emerged in the draw that was just held by our company which featured you as the Second Place Winner. Our company holds promotion each year just to promote our global publicity and reputations as we plan to exploit more corners of the World with our highly valued product lines. This promotion is just one of the various ways we are presently using to achieve this global vision of ours.

Your email address with MICRO ID: CSG-W002-HTY2-02FE was luckily drawn to be this year's Second Place Winner of a brand new BMW X6 2014 updated model: which is worth $178,505 USD and cash prize of $1.5 Million United State Dollars. This money and gift we believe will enable you make some impact in the society and possibly invest in our company.

You are hereby requested to contact our agent for more details on our Promotion in particular before taking further actions to claim your prize. Ensure you inform Dr. Kris Morris who is our fiduciary claims official in South Africa and can understand English. See details of him below;

Name: Dr. Kris Morris
Address: 156 Alsatian Rd, Midrand

When contacting the claims agent you should include the following if you must get a response from him;
*** Your Full Name:
*** Address:
*** Phone Number:
*** Age:
*** Gender:
*** Occupation:
*** Winning E-mail and Micro ID:

We know you must be excited and very happy about this news you have just received from us and the truth is that, we are doing this to put smiles into homes and hearts of people Worldwide. The only thing you will need to pay to this company is to kindly place our company logo on the car that you have won for a minimum period of 6 months.

On behalf of the entire management and staffs of the China Southern Power Grid Limited, I say Congratulations to you and your family.

Mrs. Chan Lee (Sec.)
**NOTE** you must be 18 years or older to claim. Late response is not acceptable, misconduct and non adherence to instructions leads to prize termination. Do not fail to keep your winning information personal for security reasons because the Company will not be responsible for lost of funds.

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