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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Alexanderia Reyes" <reyes@jmail.co.za> (may be fake)
Reply-To: white_micheal2000@yahoo.com]
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 14:09:20 -0800
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE


EUROPE ELGORDO
SWEEPSTAKE
LOTTERY/ INTERNATIONAL
MADIRD SPAIN.
ATTENTION:
AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement
today, 28th March, 2005 of winners of the EUROPE ELGORDO SWEEPSTAKE
LOTTERY/ INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS
held on 5th March, 2005.
Your email address is attached to ticket number
023-0148-790-459, with serial number 5073-11 drew
the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, and consequently
won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of US$1,000,000:00
(one million united states of america dollars)
in cash credited to file REF NO. EESW/25041238013/03.
This is from total prize money of US$80,400,000.00 shared among the
seventeen international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from a collation of frequent internet
users from all over the world from Australia, New Zealand, America,
Europe, North America,Africa, middle east and Asia as part of
International Promotions Program, which is conducted bia-annually.
CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with a Security company
insured in your name. Due to the mix up of
some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this
award strictly from public notice until your claim has
been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants
of this program. We hope with a part of your prize, you
will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.3
billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please you are to provide the below details to
this commission via email to MR WHITE MICHEAL. FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
MADRID SPAIN, {white_micheal2000@yahoo.com].
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice and to enable the speedy evaluation and
processing of your winnings. we advice that you adhere
strictly to procedures, to avoid any disqualifications and
subsequent cancelation
1. your full names
2. your full home / office address
3. direct telephone/fax numbers
4. occupation / age
5. next of kin
6. amount won
7. lottery date
the above detailed information will be absolutely
neccessary for the processing of your payment cheques,
drafts or wire transfers.
Please note that this winning is valid for THREE WEEKS
and failure to issue claims after this period will
automatically void your payment. Remember to quote
your ticket number, serial number and lucky number in your future
correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your
address, do inform your claim agent as soon as
possible.
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank
you for being part of our promotions program.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Alexanderia Reyes
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of
any of our winners will result to disqualification.
SORRY FOR THE LATE INFORMATION THANKS
Mrs Alexanderia Reyes
PROMOTION MANAGER
EUROPE ELGORDO PROMO LOTTERY COMPANY
MADRID SPAIN
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****PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL***** this e-mail and any attached files are
from Europe Elgordo Lottery Company and are confidential and may be
legally
privileged. If you are not the addressee, any disclosure, reproduction,
copying, distribution, or other dissemination
or use of this
communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error please
notify the sender immediately and then delete this e-mail. E-mail
transmission cannot be
guaranteed to be secure or error free as information can be
intercepted,
corrupted, lost,
destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. Europe
Elgordo
Lottery Company
therefore cannot
be held liable for any errors or omissions in the contents of this
message, which arise as a
result of e-mail transmission



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