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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: "FACEBOOK NOTIFICATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 19:36:57 +0200

Hello Facebook User
Dear Award winnerd
Award Reference code: FB568A2018
File number: G8744

This is to inform you that you have won yourself an Award of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000 USD) in the
Facebook Inc 14th Years Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of FACEBOOK INC.
held on 25th July 2018 in 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park CA 94025.

The Anniversary Centre of Facebook Inc as a part of their for-profit philanthropic wing selected your email id
as of one its 20 chosen fortunate winner to receive this award Awards MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY,
not later than 30 days from the day of notification.

Send your complete personal information like your names, age and complete contact address with your Award Ref.
and File no. to us to enable us process your Prize; Please provide your: Full names,Address, Passport or ID Card
and Direct phone number to claim your winning prize.

NOTE: Do Not Reply If You Are Not The Owner Of This Email Address and Also make sure you check your email often to
ensure a speedy transfer of your winning money to you. Check both your INBOX and JUNK because your email may be received
in either INBOX or JUNK because of network problems. On behalf of the entire board of committee we say congratulations!!!!

Facebook’s Claims Executive Officer: Mr. Eric E. Pritchard
Mobile: +1(909) 340-9921, Fax: +1(909) 340-9923

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