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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "lotterycompany notification" <info_lotterynotification2005@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:42:57 +0000
Subject: << WINNING NOTIFICATION >>

Todo sobre El Gordo de la Primitiva

C\ Don Jaime I nº11 2º 
50.003 Zaragoza 
España 
 
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/02/SHYN
Batch: 12/25/0034
Dear Lucky Winner,
 
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
 
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA HIGH-STAKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM.
 
The online Cyber Lotto Email draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 500,000 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
 
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of twelve winners in the first category with the following data
 
Ref Number: EAASL/941OYI/02/SHYN
Batch Number: 12/25/0034
Ticket Number: 025-11464992-750
 
You as well as the other winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of USD$1,000,000 (ONE MILLION DOLLARS) each from the total payout.
 
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
 
To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent/security company for first category winners with the information below:
 
Mr. Richard LLoyds,
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release Order Dept.
ATLANTICO GROUPO SEGUIDAD S.A.
Email: claimsdepartment_agent_rl@yahoo.co.uk

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed within 20 days from today. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence with your claims agent.
 
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).
 
Members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to
participate in this program.
 
Thank you and congratulations!!!
 
Yours faithfully,
Smith Carpenter.
Games/Lottery Coordinator.
Loterías y Apuestas del Estado. Página principal
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