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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: "Coca-Cola Lottery Board" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 19:14:36 +0200
Subject: Notification

Dear Esteemed Winner,
Your email has won you Ten Million US Dollars in the Coca-Cola Worldwide 2018 promotions. Your email was selected in our random Computer draw of valid emails sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, and Hotmail. Yahoo, Gmail and other email Domain.
Your email address emerged as the Jackpot winner, winning you a Total Sum of Ten Million United States dollars with Your Payment Code: SA206 Forward the required details:
Country of Origin/Residence:
Telephone Number:
To our email:
For your Payment Instruction.
John Chao
(Coca-Cola lottery Coordinator World Wide)
Telephone: +27840248848

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