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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: Mr Robert Burdine <>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019 17:49:04 +0100

Facebook Lottery & Charity Award Office,
1 Hacker Way Menlo Park,
California 94025 United States.
Ref: 990078567
Batch: 9056490602/333
Winning no: FB8701/LPRC
Ticket number; 85430000-07024570000
Serial number; 7755551111


This is to inform you that You have won the sum of $500,000.00 on OUR
2019 SWEEPSTAKES (Facebook Inc ) This is a bonus to promote our users
worldwide through this online lottery, Which is fully based on an
electronic selection . We Celebrating Facebook Inc.® Anniversary and
reaching 1 Billion Users worldwide. We Embarked on a worldwide
promotion for Disable, Unemployed, Worker's, Retired, Young & Old
people, A Sophisticated Automated Database to Randomly select E-mail
Accounts that frequently surf the Internet. Consequent upon this, Your
Facebook Profile Account was picked for Category A Winners.

We hereby approve you the sum of $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars) in Cash Credit File from the total cash prize for eight lucky
winners in this category.All participant were selected through a
computer balloting system drawn in Nine hundred thousand E-mail
address on website from the listed countries: Canada,
Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Oceania as
part of our international promotions program which is conducted

This Lotto was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the Aspect that impacts people’s lifestyle
worldwide.Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our
American representative office in California, United States, as
indicated in your play coupon and your prize of $500,000.00 (Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars) will be released to you from this regional
branch office in United States .

This award fund MUST be claimed by the MOBILE Number Owner ONLY,
within 7 Days from the day of notification. Facebook Inc.® Lottery
Promo is the SOLE initiative of (Mr. Mark Zuckerberg) the CEO/Founder
of Facebook Inc.® To proceed on your claim validation, we will need
your particulars to verify your winning. This will be required to draw
up the winning papers in your name. Please if you are not the
certified owner of this email address, please do not respond as that
will amount to impersonation which could lead to civil or/and criminal
proceedings against you…

Attached here is a copy of our verification form; please fill
accordingly so as to proceed with your winning validation. Please
attach a recent passport photograph if available (For identification
at payment point)
* Full Name:
* Delivery Address:
* Sex:
* Age:
* Occupation:
* Phone Number:
* Country:
* Means Of Identification you have to scan and attach your passport or
driver's license:
*Brief Description Of Company/Individual

Please Note that we do not compromise our service and all instructions
must be followed accordingly.
Upon receipt of the duly requested data which is to be sent via email,
you will receive the contact information of the payment office to
effect the release of your claim.

Mr Robert Burdine
Promotion Manager
1 Hacker Way Menlo Park,
California 94025 United States.

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