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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: Sec.Olivia Stephen <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:54:23 +0100
Subject: 2021 -

Coca-Cola Great Britain©
Pemberton House,
Bakers Road,
UB8 1EZ,
United Kingdom.

Congratulations Winner,

On the behalf of Coca-Cola Great Britain OF UNITED KINGDOM, I wish to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Online WINTER Sweepstakes Competition draw held on the 22/04/21. Your email address emerged along side winners in this year's Annual Free Lotto Draw.

Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of 750,000.00 GBP (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Pounds Sterling).The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 11-14-30-08-67-11
(ii) Email ticket number: FL754/09/10
(iii) Lotto code number: FL09662UK
(iv) The file Ref number: FL/04/736111152/UK

Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
Lauren Power


This email notification is auto-generated and it is valid for four weeks. Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!


Dir. Jane Holly

The Online Sweepstakes Competition Awards is proudly sponsored by the Coca-Cola, Microsoft Corporation, Facebook, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell computers Mackintosh and a conglomeration of other international IT companies. The Online Sweepstakes Competition internet draw is held once in a year and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200 Million Dollars are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.
We also encourage you to visit various website online and take your chance to become part of our daily winners.

This email message is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message. Any views expressed in the email message are those of the individual sender except where the sender specifically states them to be the views of Coca-Cola Great Britain©.

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