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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:

Date: 11 May 2019 09:41:16 +1000
Subject: Attension: Promo Winner

Dear Selected Winner,

>From the Department of Mercedes Benz Inc your E-mail Profile has
been selected among the winners of the Mercedes Benz Inc Advance
Automated Lottery For the Month of MAY"2019" Promo You have won
yourself a Brand New " Mercedes-Benz GLE 450"2019 Model and the
Grand prize of $2,500,000.00 USD.( Two Million Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars) Congratulations......

For Legal process of Documents,Certificate and Information
regading your Claim,do reply with the information below....




Note:Forward your information to your claim Agent below

"Claim Agent Richard Brown"
Tel:(518) 241-3489

Necessary proccedures and delivery information of your winnigs
would be treated by your claim agent Richard Bowen As soon as you
contact him.

Your Reference Claim Code: (W70902039).


Mercedes Benz Inc

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