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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: "MEX" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 May 2016 09:25:36 -0700
Subject: Congratulations!!!

MICROSOFT® CORPORATION BOARD {UK. Regional Office} Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park Reading Berkshire RG6 1WG UNITED KINGDOM. Winning No: NGS/877/798/2016 Email Ref No: NGS/699/33/2016 Notification Date: 7/5/2016 This notification email is to inform you that you have won the sum of ?2,500,000.00GBP (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds) in this year edition which is organized by the MiCROSOFT, UNITED KINGDOM. HOW YOU WON...... We collect email addresses of people that are active online, among the Billions that are subscribed to email addresses worldwide, such as, AOL, Hotmail, Optusnet , Bigpond, Yahoo, Gmail, Google and including private domain users and also being a Microsoft user, your email qualify you in entering the draw. Ten email addresses are been selected in every quarter of the year through an electronic balloting system without the winners applying or purchasing ticket for this draw. The MiCROSOFT Lucky draw is proudly sponsored by The Royal Family, Microsoft Corporation©, the Intel Group©, Toshiba©, Dell computers©, Mackintosh© and a conglomeration of other international IT companies. We are proud to say that over $500,000.000.00 (Five Hundred Million United States Dollars) are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide. MAKING MONEY IS NOT AN ACHIEVEMENT, WHAT YOU DO WITH THE MONEY IS ACHIEVEMENT PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM You are to contact your Claims Agent with immediate effect to facilitate the protocol of your winning prize before the date of Claim, Winners Shall be paid in accordance with his/her location. Prize must be claimed not later than 21 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited. To begin your claim please contact our licensed and accredited agent assigned to you. (VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER) CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR Name: Dr Athena Mex Email : OR DRATHENA2@GMAIL.COM Do email the above Claims Administrator, with the claims requirements below. To avoid unnecessary delay, they are needed to proceed. Claims Requirements: 1. Full Name:_____________________ 2. Address:_____________________ 3. Nationality:___________Sex:________ 4. Age:________Date of Birth:___________ 5. Occupation:_________Martial Status_________ 6. Cell Phone:___________Fax:___________ 7. Country:_______ CHOOSE YOUR MODE OF PAYMENT (i) Bank Transfer (ii) Delivery of Cheque of ?2,500,000.00GBP by a registered courier company. Note: MicroSoft International Lottery prize must be claim not later than 21 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited. Congratulations! Congratulations!! Congratulations!!! Sincerely, Keisha J Taffe, MlCROSOFT Responded, Respond

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