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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: "keith mercer" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:49:21 -0600

Global Shining Light Award
Congratulation!!! Dear Email User,

We wish to notify you that Your email address was automatically generated and selected during the Network Online Program GLOBAL AWARDS (NOPGA) yearly International Online Promotions draw.

You have therefore been approved to claim a Star Prize of $3 million USD (Three Million One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to Reference Number:

Basically,there are three (3) options for us to get your fund
transferred to you.

These options include :
1. Online Payment
2. Bank Transfer Payment
3. Official Delivery of Bank Draft or ATM Card to you.

Respond to this email by making a selection from the (3) options

Your funds are protected by a hardcover insurance policy.

You are to make your preferred choice from the three options

We anticipate your prompt response.

Re- confirm the following;

1.Your Full Name:
2.Your Address:
3. Telephone Number:

To claim your winning prize contact your appointed claim agent in
our paying bank for payment processing in USA for Immediate
Release of your fund.

Contact person: MRS.LINDA BISHOP

Telephone: +1 321 406 8958

Congratulations'' once again from all our Staff and thank you for being part of our Promotions Program


Mr keith mercer
(Coordinator/ Online Publicity).

Copyright©2017 Network Online Program Global Awards.
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