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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: "Franoise:AppIe Support" <>
Reply-To: "Franoise:AppIe Support" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:31:41 +0200
Subject: Reinstall Apple ID:697

Hello ,
Dear Customer, we thank you for the using of the products Apple. As part of our company policy of safety, we ask you to confirm your AppIe Account within 3 days from receiving of this message. For it you need to follow this link:

AppIe ID 

AppIe Accounts and telephone numbers of those users who have not undergone the procedure in due time, will be blocked. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Service AppIe customer
Copyright 2016, Inc. All rights reserved.

AppIe Inc. copyright © 2016 Infinite Loop, MS 98-DM, Cupertino, CA 95015

Went Rechte vorbehalten / InformationService / Datenschutz / Meine AppIe ID

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