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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: "Dear Lucky Winner" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <msftuk2252@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:43:50 -0700
Subject: Dear Lucky Winner

                                                                                                                                                                           &nb
                                                                                                                                                                &nb sp;     
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                                                                                                                                                                &nb sp;     
REF NO: MSW/56B-672GH/L
BATCH: 4583JL/WIN
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POWER BALL / BILL GATES MICROSOFT MSN INCORPORATION ARE SHARING HIS FORTUNE, CONGRATULATIONS YOU AS A
Lucky Winner
The Board of Directors, members and staff of the Bill Gates Microsoft Company in conjunction with Power Ball Lottery world wide partners, wishes to congratulate you on your successful emerger as one of the 1st STAR PRIZE WINNER in this year Microsoft E-mail International lottery winners Promotion (LWP). That is to say that you have won prize money of (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds)  (?850,000.00 pounds) for the Annual 2012 Lottery promotion which is organized by BILL GATES MICROSOFT POWER BALL LOTTERY INC in conjunction with Power Ball Lottery worldwide partners.
You must adhere to this instruction strictly, to avoid any delay with the release of your prize to you in person. This program has been abused severely in the past, so we are doing our best to eliminate further occurrence of false claims. This program was conducted under the watchful eyes of 8000 systems spectators. Your e-mail address was selected and came out first by an e-ballot drawn from 60000 e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses), that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo, Hotmail and various Microsoft window users, we only select seven people as our winners, through electronic balloting System without the winner applying.
Bill Gates Microsoft / Power Ball Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 5 days from the date of this Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited. Our Event Manager will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, Please be warned.  Attached here is the claim verification and funds release form. You   are expected to fill and submit to the event manager.
              VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
1. FULL NAMES:___________________
2.ADDRESS:__________
3.SEX:_________________
4.AGE:_______________
5.MARITAL STATUS:______________
6.OCCUPATION:_________________
7.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_________________
8.TELEPHONE/MOBILE NUMBER:________________
9.AMOUNT WON:_________________
10.STATE:________________
11. COUNTRY________________________
12.NEXT OF KIN: ____________
13.ZIP CODE: _____________________
14: NATIONALITY: ____________________
15: BATCH: NO_________________________
16; REF, NO_________________________
17: A Scanned copy of Passport or any ID or Drivers license
Your Reference and Batch number at the top of this mail:
To file for your claim, please fill and submit your verification form
to our events manager immediately via email.
(CONSULTANT EVENTS MANAGER)
Name: Rev. Mike Charles
E-mail; msftuk2252@gmail.com     
Tel: +447045730397
Once again congratulations...
(Msn/ Bill Gates Microsoft / Power Ball Lottery Games/Lottery Coordinator
Copyright ? 2017-2018
The BILL GATES MICROSOFT / Power Ball /MSN Incorporation Lottery Inc.
All rights reserved.
Note: In accordance to the program Lottery policy and regulations, this message is dispatched directly to the recipient only. If you are not the rightful owner of this email address or feel that you have received this message by error, we advice you destroy this copy as you are not authorized to read, print, retain or disseminate any part of it for any reason.
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