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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: "Windows Inc." <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 01:06:21 +0200
Subject: Congratulations! you've won

Ref: OS/ID/34085-73058-0015/2
Batch: 293/34/3473

Congratulations our promo winner this is to inform you that your email
won an online ticket award of the total sum of £500,000 five hundred
thousand British pounds on it, the International promotion for a
product programs took place on the 29th of July 2020 in Dominican
Republic. Your e-mail address with id number 00329FD7C20C01 dropped to
ticket number: 5368/20 with Serial number BTD/0257903122/20 drew the
lucky number: 6-7-17-19-26-35, which subsequently won you the promo in
the 2nd category.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed
and your money remitted to you. Winnings were selected through a
recent login into email account online.

This promotional for a product program takes place every three years
and is being sponsored by Bill Gates, President of the World Largest
software, we hope with part of your winning you will continue using
any of our software version, authorized OS and login into your email
account online.

To file for your claim, contact our Trustee Processing Agent
accredited representative for the processing and legal documentations
of your claim. Contact him with your Ref and Batch numbers on his

Be aware that the Paying Bank will Effect Payment Swiftly upon
satisfactory Report, Verification and validation provided by our
processing Agent; that would be designated to your file. Remember, all
winning must be claimed not later than 30th of OCTOBER 2020.

After this date all unclaimed funds will go to the Trust Fund. Please
note that in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications kindly
remember to quote your reference information in all correspondences as
you inform our Agent. Congratulations once more from all our members
of staff and thank you for using in winning of our promotional

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 years is AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED
from this and subsequent promo.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Tina Brown,
Promo Coordinator,
Windows Inc.
#111, Windows Inc. way,
Inc. Center, WSI 96022,
Dominican Republic.

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