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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: British American Tobacco <>
Reply-To: Finance Executive Officer <>
Date: 1 Apr 2022 04:50:32 +0000
Subject: TO:

File Nº: 4789407714


This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash
prize of £1,200,000.00 (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Great
British Pounds), in the international programs held on the 17TH
of February 2022 in Zürich, Switzerland.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in
our computerized email selection system(s) from a database of
over 550,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the
world provided by the W.H.O / I.M.F.

The British American Tobacco Lottery is approved by the British
Gaming Board and also Licensed by The International Association
of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This year's lottery program is aimed
at helping the world economy thrive in response to the COVID-19

To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact our
Finance Executive officer by clicking reply or manually with the
contact details as stated below:

Mrs. Carol Ann Wilson
Finance Executive Officer.
Av. de Rhodanie 48,
1007 Lausanne, Switzerland

Contact him, with your Private Key: WBLL00978 and your Batch
Number: 11/17022022. You are also advised to provide him with the
information listed below for verification purposes .

         Claims Requirements:

1. Names in full: - - - - - - - -
2. Address: - - - - - - - - - - -
3. Nationality: - - - - - - - - -
4. Age: - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5. Occupation: - - - - - - - - -
6. Phone/Fax: - - - - - - - - -
7. Present Country: - - - - - -

Note: If you do not contact your claims agent within 7 working
days of this notification, your winnings would be revoked.
Winners are advised to keep their winning information from the
public to avoid fraudulent claim pending the transfer/claim of

*Winner under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
*Staff of the British American Tobacco Company are not to partake
in this Lottery.

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