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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: "Sony Corporations International Lottery." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 15:10:49 -0700

Sony Corporations International Lottery.


SONY Corporations announced you as one of the 7 lucky winners of the
ongoing Sony Corporations lottery Award of the Year Held this month.
All 7 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of
800,000,000 international emails each from Canada, Australia, United
States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our
international promotions program which is conducted annually,
consequently, you have been approved for a total pay out of FIVE

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the communities where they have operational base. Further
more your details (e-mail address) falls within our Branch office here
in Hong Kong, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of
(USD$5.5M). will be released to you from this main branch office of
SONY Corporations Hong Kong. We wish to informed you that your fund
has been approved and insured in your name as well as ready for

These are your winning identification numbers.
Ticket number…………………679-568-9228
Serial number…………………..37016
Lucky number……………….56-34-13-00
Ref number……………….MSCB4900

To begin your lottery claims, you are to contact the coordinator on emails address:

Contct person: Song Lee

send the completed verification form below to the
co-ordinator whose email address is given above so that you will be
advised on what to do to get your prize money. Congratulations once

Full Name:
Country Of Origin:
Present Address:…
Date Of Birth:
Telephone No:…………….
mobile Phone No:……+
Ticket and Lucky No:

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all
correspondences with us, Furthermore, should there be any change of
address, please do inform our coordinator as soon as possible.

An original copy of your lucky winning certificate will be sent to you
by Lottery Administrative Remittance Operation.

We wish you continued good fortunes.

Yours Sincerely.
Stephen Chen.
Head of Publications Department, SONY Corporations Online Promo.
Copyright! 2019-2021. The SONY Corporations Hong Kong.

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