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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: "infomail mation" <infomation660@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:12:31 +0100
Subject: YOUR E MAIL WON THE LOTTERY

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOinfomail mation TIONS/PRIZE AWARDS DEPARTMENT
NATIONAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
www.loteria.com

REF Nº: SSH/712/55580
BATCH Nº:9211/669/ES

RE: AWARD
NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the NATIONAL LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM ,which was held on 20th of OCT., 2005. Due to mix up
of names, the results were finally released on 13th of DEC.2005.
Your email address is attached to a ticket number 550-094-752-278 with
serial number XCP/S/SL/NO.-244600 drew the lucky numbers80-71-75-28-99 which
consequently won the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 550.000:00 Euros
(Five Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euros) in cash credited to the file
reference number:SSH/712/55580 .This is from a total cash price of
5.500.000:00 Euros(Five Million Five Hundred Thousand EUROS) shared among
Ten(10) international winners in this grand category.



CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Your winning prize of 550.000:00 (Five Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euros
Only) is now deposited in a suspense account with our paying office and
insured to its real value.Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we
advice that you keep this award from public notice until your claims has
been processed and your money remitted to your nominated bank account as
this is part of our security protocol to avoid doubleclaiming or
unwarranted taking advantage of this program by the general public.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
7,500,000:00 names and E-mail addresses from Asia, Australia, New Zealand,
Europe and North America as part of our international promotions program
which we conduct thrice every year.
We hope that with part of your prize,you will part-take in our (end of
years) high stake promotions agenda of E1,2 million international lottery.

To claim your Prize, you are advice to contact the Claim Department of EURO
SECURITY S.Lwith your Full Name , Home and Office Tel & Fax Number, Mobile
Phone Numberand also Home & Office Address for the processing of your claims
along with your Ref & Batch No and also your copy of your indentification.
************************************************************************************************************
MR.FERNADEZ GOMEZ
Foreign Service Manager
(EURO SECURITY S.L).
E-mail: euroseguros05@netscape.net
************************************************************************************************************
Be informed that before the paying office will effect payment of your
winning prize of 550.000:00Euros (Five Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euros
Only) your winning documents (International clearance certificate,Award
Winning Certificate, Certificate of Deposit,) covering your winning prize
must be legalised in the Court and Minsitry of Justice here in Spain.

This is in accordance with the Spainish Lottery Board since after september
11,2001. For processing and remittance of your prize funds into your
designated bank account.Your claims agent will assist you in the processing
and remittance of your prize funds into your designated bank account.

Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than 30th of DEC. 2005.
After this date all funds will be returned as unclaimed for the next
sweepstake. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
endeavor to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence
with us or your claims agent.

Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your
claims agent as soon as possible.Congratulations once again from all members
of our staff and thanks for being part of our promotions
program.

Best Regards,

MRS.ANGELINA FLORA
(PROMOTION MANAGER)
NATIONAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL


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