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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: "INTERNATIONAL LOTTO COMMISSION S.L" <elgordpromo@luxmail.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: gsi@luxmail.com
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 23:25:44 +0200
Subject: ELGORDO FINAL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATIONS

EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY COMPANY
CALLE AROYO NO 13, PISO 4G 28030 MADRID.ESPAÑA
EMAIL:interlotocom@yahoo.es
DATE:16TH SEPT. 2005
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD..
BATCH: EGS/ 22504002/03: REFERENCE: 15/0018/IPD
ATTENTION:
<http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=hisham@mara.gov.my/t_blank>
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION.
This is to inform you of the release of the EL-GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA LOTTERY held on the 24TH JULY 2005, but due to the mix up of numbers and address and the holidays, the results were released on the 12TH SEPT 2005.
Your name was attached to ticket number 085-12876077-09 with serial number 51390-0 that drew the lucky numbers of 03-05-12-14-28-38, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of Euros 2,800.809.00. (TWO MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND NINE EUROS ONLY)in cash credited to file with REF: Nº.EGS/3662367114/13.This is from a total cash prize of Euros 70,020.225.00., shared among the twenty five international winners in this category.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your fund is now deposited with our Security Company and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claims has been processed and the money remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming of unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants as it has happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa as part of our International Promotions Program.
We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs.
To begin your lottery claims , please contact your claims agent
SRN .MARIO GABRIEL,
FOREIGN OPERATION MANAGER
GLOBAL SECURITIES S.L MADRID-SPAIN
TEL/+ 34 676 891 337
FAX +34 912 725 103
EMAIL:gsic@luxmail.com
claim not made before this date 27TH OF OCTOBER 2005 will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA. And also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to (IBERO PROMOTION COMPANY S,A.) Because they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery on your name, NOTE this 10% will be remitted after you have received your winnings prize because the money is insured in your name already.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with us or your claim agent. furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform your claim agent as soon as possible. an original copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate will be sent to you by your claim agent, MR MARIO GABRIEL.
CONGRATULATION!!!!! Once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our International promotions program.
we wish you continued good fortunes.
Sincerely,
MR ANTONIO GOMEZ
VICE PRESIDENT


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