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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: SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE <spanishmillion@netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 14:22:25 +0200
Subject: SPANISH E-MAIL RESULT


SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
CALLE GRANVIA 32N 1C MADRID SPAIN
REF: RSSL/61-ILGI0509/45
BATCH:RSSL/15/096/WRCS
RE: WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
19/10/05
Dear Winner,

WINNING NOTIFICATION

We happily announce to you the draw of the Royal spanish Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 1st of september 2005 in Madrid Spain.Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number: 212005600545 188 with Serial number 4888/02 drew the lucky numbers: 41-6-76-13-45-8, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000.00 Euro(One million Euro) in cash credited to file KPC/9080333308/03.This is from a total cash prize of Ten Million Euro(10 million Euro), shared amongst the first Tenth (10th) lucky winners in this category.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Madrid booklet representative office in Spain as indicated in your play coupon.In view of this, your 1,000,000.00 Euro(One million Euro) would be released to you by our security firm in Madrid,Spain.Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

Mr Jim Lopez

Santa Maria Security&Consultant Madrid Spain.
.

Email:santamariaser@netscape.net or santamariaser@fsmail.net
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.

Remember,You are to contact our agents by email and within a week of receiving this notice.After this date, all funds will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to the security company because they are the company assigned to process your winnings to you.
NOTE this 10% will be collected after you have received your winning prize because the money is insured in your name i.e email address already.

Yours Sincerely,
Wilfred Alberto
Lottery Director.

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