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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: "iPhone WhatsApp Android (Support)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:14:14 +0100
Subject: Re:iPhone WhatApp Android User

New Page 2


Dear Sir ,

Congratulations to you, you will be happier in life very soon.
A Company entered your information on our web Advert for the iWA (iPhone WhatsApp Android) Mid-Year Prize contest application. A Notification Letter was sent to Your Home Address on File, and we are using this Medium to officially NOTIFY you that you are our 2nd Second Prize Winner of $ 700,000.00 USD (Seven Hundred Thousand United States) in the Mid Year Product Promotions with your Ticket Number:  iWE2018S89iWA  still Unclaimed.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp in an unbelievable transaction that shook and shocked the World. As we prepare to launch the New Digital Social Media Technology for the future with our 30% shares in iPhone,WhatsApp and Android Applications. Imagine if you had bought Amazon in 1997 a $5,000 investment then would be worth almost $1 million today.
To receive your Prize, you are expected to reply this email with the following information for verification to the Local Agent Email Address: ""

Names, Contact Address, Phone number, Email address and your Ticket number.

Your winning will be issued to you when we receive your reply with the requested details. Keep details of your winning confidential to avoid double claims. Double claims mean your winning will be canceled. It is important that you keep the contents of this email to your self. You may share the contents of this email after you receive your winning prize money.

Reply immediately to get the money. Otherwise, your prize money will be given to somebody else. The Future is Social Media. iShares North-American Tech Software ETF. Software Is ruling the World.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Ruth Porat

( Asst to Chief Financial Officer, iWA Digital Technology )

                                                                                              Copyright 2018 iWA Social Technology Inc. Is a Private License Owner.

-----Sent from iPad--

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