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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: 31 Oct 2019 04:38:16 +0000
Subject: Award Notice

Dear Mercedes Benz Winner,

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a Brand New "2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450" Auto mobile vehicle, and a Check of $3.500,000.00 USD 
(Three Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars). Instantly!

The Mercedes-Benz Auto mobile international computer balloting programs held on the first section of the 2019 XMAS/NEW YEAR award promo in the United States Of America .

The selection process was carried out through a random computerized email selection [ESS] from a database of over 250,000 email address drawn from over all the continents of the world which your email address was selected .

The Mercedes-Benz Lottery was approved by the British gaming board and also licensed by the international association of gaming regulators [IAGR].
To begin the processing of your prize claim, You are to contact our fiduciary claim agent department for more information as regards to the procedures claiming your prize.

CONTACT  ??  Name: Barr.Thomas Clark
            TEL: (760)915-6251

Please contact our fiduciary claim agent by providing your reference number: (W70902039).
You are also advised to provide listed information below for delivery service and proper legal documentation asap.


All necessary information regarding your winnings and claiming your prize will be treated by our claim agent once contacted by you.

Congratulations Once Again....



Dieter Zetsche
Chairman Management Board
Mercedes Benz Lottery Inc
Mercedes-Benz GMBH

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