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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: "Mary Spencer" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:07:55 +0700

Facebook Headquarters
1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park,

Dear Facebook Subscriber,
BATCH NUMBER: FB/805649223

Thanks for being a great member and for making Facebook great.As you will know,Facebook incorporated was founded in 2004 and this year makes it 13 years of existence and delivering services to its users all over the world.

As a mark of its 13 year celebration, the management of Facebook is having a loyalty reward promo to say thank you to its numerous users and friends of users.
We are pleased to inform you that you are among the selected subscribers in the Facebook Loyalty Rewards Program for this year. You have won the sum of $1,475,000 (One million, four hundred and seventy five thousand United States Dollars).
In appreciation of all our members for remaining with Facebook, we entered every active Facebook member in an electronic draw and picked only fifty thousand members, out of our current 2 billion subcribers and you are among those lucky members.

Please it is very important that you know that you are not legally bound or obligated to claim your prize if you do not feel like it.
You are advised to keep this to yourself until your prize has been processed and remitted to you. Violation of this condition will result in the cancellation of your prize as Facebook is trying to avoid the resultant commotion, double claims and multiple account ownership that may come up when people know that they stand a chance to win something by being an active member of Facebook.

Please contact and with your Batch number for processing and remittance of your prize money.
Mary spencer
The Facebook Loyalty Reward Services Team.

© 2017 Facebook Corporation. Facebook and the Facebook logo are registered trademarks of Facebook Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All rights reserved. Facebook is a registered business name of Facebook Corporation. Registered in the United States of America, Company Number 06331310. Registered Office: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, 94025,California,USA. Valid only for the next 14 days. Subscribers are responsible for processing and redeeming their prize money. The prize money is not transferable and may not be sold or bartered. Prize will be revoked at the end of 14 days after receiving this email by Facebook, Inc. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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