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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: "Mr. Rubben Moore" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:00:03 +0100
Subject: Dear Award Winner.???

Office Address:5th Floor, PHAHOLYOTHIN Road,
JATUJAK, Chatuchak, Bangkok-10900,Thailand.
Contact Email:
TEL: +66822366260
Dear Award Winner ,
This is to inform you that you have been awarded a cash price of $2,500,000.00USD (Two Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars) from 2016 Apple Inc promotional award
with the corporation of AG/JFE held on the 1st of October 2017, in London UK.
Our most recent event took place in Chicago in October 2015. The award winning of this 2016 was randomly
selected in our computerized email ballot system drawn from all the continents which yours where selected.
Below is your award winning ref number: JFE129417003AG and Pin code: AG8ST201BK which qualify your winning and
fall in our category B Asia regional center Mr. Rubben Moore.
We urge you to furnish us with the required information shows below to enable us instruct us issue your winning
certificate and instruct you further on how to deliver your cheque to your destination through our staff within
48hours without any hindrances.
Your Full Name:
Country of Origin:
Home Address:
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Rubben Moore
Lottery Coordinator

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