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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: "Mrs. Sharon Burrells" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2018 22:55:36 -0500
Subject: Congratulations £1m from the Coca-cola 2018 Autumn prize draw

Adress; 1 Queen Caroline Street
Hammersmith, London
W6 9HQ United Kingdom .
   2018 Autumn Prize Winner
I wish to inform you that we have completed the Coca-cola 2018 Autumn prize draw and your e-mail address emerged as the lucky winner. You have won yourself a prize award payout sum of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Great Britain Pounds). This prize shall be paid to you by the Lloyds Bank of London.
We have arranged a claims agent who will help you with the claim of your prize award. His name is Dr. Emmanuele Giober and his contact details are below,
Name: Dr. Emmanuele Gio
satalite Number: +1(970)648-0270
You are required to contact him immediately for guidelines on how
to receive this prize and also forward a copy of this letter to him via email for confirmation of your winning details. Please note that this email should be kept confidential as it contains your secret ticket number.
When contacting the claims agent you should include the following if you
must get a response from him;
*** Your Full Name:
*** Full Address:
*** Personal Email or Fax
*** Phone number:
*** Age:
*** Gender;
*** Occupation:
*** country:
*** Winning email and Ticket ID: CC200018L
*** Value ID Card
Congratulations once again.
Mrs. Sharon Burrells
Prize Administrator

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