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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: "Mrs. Juliet Grace" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:23:14 +0100
Subject: Re: Re: Your Payment $800,000.00

Cardinal Place
80-100 Victoria Street
London,SW1E 5JL
United Kingdom

Dear Friend/ Winner,

This message is coming to you from the Office of the MICROSOFT® CORPORATION. We are pleased to inform you of the result for the just concluded annual draws of the MICROSOFT® Online Lotto for regular users of Gmail, Hotmail and other domain searching engine for the year 2018.

Your email address fall into the 1st category of Batch *A* and therefore attracted a cash award of Eight Hundred Thousand dollars ($800,000.00 USD) credited to your Email Bonus Numbers: MSLP-54399. Please proceed with your claims by writing back with your details as requested below so that I can assist you in redeeming your price with the below details from you.

Valid Mobile no :
Age :
Scan Copy of ID CARD.

As soon as I get the details, I shall provide you with further details on your payment.

Mrs. Juliet Grace
Tel: (+44) 701 119 7916
Fax: (+44) 701 118 4586

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