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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Microsoft=C2=A0_Corporation_Sweepstakes_Promo_Award_2023?= <>
Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2023 12:03:22 +0100

Attention:Lucky Winner,
We are happy to notify you that your e-mail address has been awarded
£550.000 Pound sterling in our MICROSOFT E-MAIL PROMO AWARD (c)2023 cash
credited to file REFNO:MSW-L/2023-28793 BATCH NO.43608815M.Your secret pin
code is ML0757985S for claims please contact::Dr.Bill Winters claim officer
ID Tel: +447035900545You are to fill the
appropriate form:[1] Full Names:[2] Contact address:[3] Country :[4] Direct
Mobile No:Yours Faithfully,Hon.Dr.Satya Nadella

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