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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: "Award Notification" <mailinglist0014@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 20:59:38 +0000
Subject: EURO LOTTOS DE MUNDO ( YOUR EMAIL HAS WON A LOTTERY)

EURO LOTTOS DE MUNDO
PLAZA DE ALFONSO B56-58
MADRID,
SPAIN.

FROM: THE
PROMOTIONAL SECRETARY
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT

ATTENTION:
After a successful completion of the 6th category draws of
this EURO LOTTERY, held on 5th December , 2005, we are pleased to
inform you of the official announcement today, that you have emerged
one of the winners of the EURO-NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL LOTTORY
PROGRAMS,
which is part of our (www.freelotto.com) promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
25,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa,
America, Asia,Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand
as part of our International Promotions Program.
You are attached to
ticket number N.E.L. 714-5-9827, drew the lucky numbers N.E.L.03- 15-
23- 25- 35- 40 and consequently won in the 2nd Category.
You have
therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of €1,428,571.42 (One
million four hundrend and twenty eight thousand, five hundred and
seventy one Euros, Fourty two cents ) which is the
winning payout for SuperBucks category winners. This is from the total
prize money of $10,000,000.00 Freelotto® SuperBucks shared among our
seven international winners in this 6th category.
CONGRATULATIONS!
Your
fund is now deposited with a financial institution (MAPFRE
SECURITY AND
TRUST AGENCY, SPAIN) with REFERENCE NUMBER: N.E.L A718-6E
and batch
number BATCH NUMBER: 224-6E, insured on your e-mail.To avoid
mix up of
numbers and e-mail, we request that you keep this award
strictly from
public notice until the entire process of transfering
your claims has
been completed, and your funds remitted to your
account. This is part
of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts
by participants of this program.
We also
wish to bring to your notice
our end of year (2005) high stakes where
you stand a chance of winning
up to US$ 25 million, we hope that with
a part of your prize you will
participate.
Please contact your claims
agent immediately, to begin
your claims process;
Mr. ALEX LOPEZ
CLAIMS
DEPT. MANAGER,
MAPFRE
SECURITY AND TRUST AGENCY
EMAIL: consultmapfre@netscape.net ;


Tel:+34-685-362-680
For due
processing and
remittance of your prize money to a designated account
of your choice.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than
30th of December,
2005.
NOTE: To avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch
numbers provided above in
your correspondence with your claims agent.

Congratulations once
again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our
promotions program.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr Gill Howard
(PROMOTION
SECRETARY)


Copyright ©
Freelotto and
Design® Registered trade


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