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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: "" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 13:09:36 -0700
Subject: how are you doing


Greetings Winner,

If you are the correct owner of this email address? If yes then be
glad this day as the result of the Coca-Cola lotto online e-mail
address free-ticket winning draws of June 2021 ,held in Canada has
just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email
address won you the sweepstakes in the first category and you are
entitled to claim the sum of Twelve Million United States
Dollars(US$12,000,000.00). Your email address was entered for the
online draw on this ticket No: 5266773 and won on this Lucky No:
(14)-(8)-(5. On how to receive your won prize of US$12,000,000.00.
(Twelve United States Dollars Only) to enable this office ascertain
you as the rightful winner and receiver of the lottery Payment.

Make sure you include the below listed information in your contact email to him.

Name :
Country :
Age :
Home Address :
Phone Number :
Email Address :

Just in case you are thinking of how you won without entering then
know again that this very draw of the Coca-Cola Lottery Organization
in which you have emerged as a winner was a free ticket online email
address draws were thousands of email addresses was collected from
almost all world wide websites and used for the online
draws/sweepstakes and during winners selection your email address came
out among the first ten which won you the lottery in the first
winnings category and entitles you to claim the US$12,000,000.00

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. James Quincey

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