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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: "DAVID MERCHANT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:58:28 -0500

Facebook Corporate Office & Headquarters
1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025
International Promotions/Prize Award.
Tele-Phone #: (646) 389-3716
Category: 1ST
Congratulations From Facebook!!!
Facebook Is One Of The Largest Social Networking Site Which Valued More Than $100 Billion Dollars And Also Expecting Its One Billion Users To Come Mainly From Mobile Devices Than Desktop Users By This Year 2016, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Has Decided To Boost Users And Companies A Window Of Opportunity By A Lottery Program An Initial Public Offer Said In A Press Release.
So We Are Pleased To Inform You Of The Result Of The New Year Draw Held On (23 February 2017) By Facebook Company In Cash Promotion To Encourage The Usage Of Facebook Users World Wide, Your Name And Email Was Among The 10 Lucky Winners Who Won Us$950,000.00 (Nine hundred and fifty thousand united states dollars) Each On The Facebook Promotion Award Attached To Ticket Number (5648200545189), Ref No (2551257122/222) And Serial Number (44723451907).
The Online Draw Was Conducted By A Random Selection Of Email You Where Picked By An Advanced Automated Random Computer Search From The Facebook In Other To Claim Your Us$$950,000.000.USDThe Lottery Program Which Is A New Innovation By Facebook, Is Aimed At Saying A Big Thank To You All Our Users For Making Facebook Your Number One Social Networking To Hook Up With Their Families And Friends All Over The World.
This Is Part Of Our Security Protocol To Avoid Double Claiming And Unwarranted Abuse Of This Program By Some Participants And Scam Artists All Participants Were Selected Through A Computer Ballot System With Their Email Addresses And Names From All Over The World.
Thanks To The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) And The Software Company Corporation To Block Few Individuals?Web Site And Email Addresses.
Your Name And Email Was Selected In A Raffle Draw That Was Made 23 February 2017, So We Need Your Fast Response So That We Can Proceed With The Delivery Of Your Fund.
You Are Required To Contact Our Dispatch Dept Via Email ( Name: DAVID MERCHANT) In Order For Us To Complete Your Winning Certificate And For Further Information Regarding The Disbursement Of Your Lottery Winnings. Meanwhile, A Man Sent A Letter To Our Office Yesterday, Claiming To Be Your True Representative. Here Are His Provided Information For You To Confirm To This Office If This Man Is Truly From You Or Not, So That, We Will Not Be Held Responsible For Paying Your Winning To A Wrong Person.
        Bank Name: Northern Credit Union, Usa.
        120 Factory Street Watertown
        New York 13601
        Account Number: 2949771158
        Routing Number: 221380936
        Account Name : Frank Mcadams
Please, Do Reconfirm To This Office, As A Matter Of Urgency If This Man Is From You. However For The Purpose Of Proper Verification Among Other Relevant Information, It Is Imperative That You Forward Your Claims To Our Claim Department With The Below Details.
Full Name:
Full Contact Address:
Mobile Phone Number:
Marital Status And Age:
Nationality / Country:
Ticket Number:
Ref Number:
Serial Number:
Your Email Address:
To Avoid Unnecessary Delays And Complications Please Remember To Quote Your Ticket, Reference And Batch Numbers In All Correspondences. Furthermore, If There Is Any Change In Email Address Please Contact Us On Time.
If You Are Not Interested Please Do Not Bother To Reply And Congratulations Once Again From Facebook!
Patrick Widen.
Promo Coordinator.
Facebook (C) 2017

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