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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: "Euro Million" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 18:39:40 +0000
Subject: Euromillion Loteria EspaXol

Euromillion Loteria Español
Paseo De La Castellana
15-89, 28008 Madrid.
Spain Branch.

Ref. Nº: ES/007/05/12/MAD.
Batch. Nº: GHT/2907/333/05.


We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 30th September, 2005. This is a millennium
scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a
promotionalprogram aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not
need to buy ticket to enter for it.Your email address attached to ticket
star number (4-5) drew the EUROMILLION lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which
consequently won the draw in theSecond category. You have been approve for
the star prize of EUR 667,248.26.(Six Hundred And Sixty
SevenThousand, Two Hundred And Fourty Eight Euros.Twenty Six Cents)

You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive
your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you.This is a
protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as we
have had cases like this before, please send your Full Name,Home and Office
Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning ticket number,reference
numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning fund to
our registered claim agent in
addrres below.

mainlandtrust Security Service
Mr.Phillip Weeks
Address: Avenida de America 12
Madrid Spain.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 29th of
January,2006.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in
all correspondence.Furthermore, should there be any change of address do
inform our agent as soon as possible.

Once again congratulations.
Best regard,
Mrs. Emily Simon,
Lottery coordinator.

The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to
whom or which it is addressed. Unauthorised use, disclosure or copying is
strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the improper
transmission of this communication nor for any delay in its receipt

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