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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: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:20:36 +0100
Subject: Contact Facebook(CFO)Immediately!!

Facebook Lottery Team
REF: online splash promo.

We (Facebook Lottery Team) proudly announce! that your E-MAIL ACCOUNT
has been selected as one of the lucky winners and has won the sum
$5,000,000.00USD (Five Million United States Dollars) in the on-going
Facebook online award promo. Your Ticket number is 00545 188 564756.

Prize #77801209/N,
Serial number 5368/02
Lucky numbers: 17 98 09 67 46

All participant were selected through a computer random integrated
system drawn in 27 million E-mail addresses via the Internet and lucky
winners do not have to purchase any ticket to participate in this
lottery program
Kindly forward below details to:
Contact Person: Mr. David M. Wehner
======= Chief Financial Officer
1* E-mail:
2* E-mail:
Tel: +44-7031955671
(**) Your Full names:
(**) Your Telephone Number
(**) Your Contact address:
(**) Your Occupation:
(**) Your Country:
(**) Your Age & Sex:
(**) And your lucky number above:
NOTE: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and
names, we ask that you keep this notification strictly from public
notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to
you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by non-participants of this program.

Yours in service,
Mr.Marc Andreessen
Facebook Lottery Facilitator.

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