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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: "INFO MAILER" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2005 16:23:50 +0000
Subject: Congratulation!!! (Your Email Has Won A lottery).



We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Euro
Millones Lottery International Email Address draw on the 10th of July due
to the mixture of names and address the result was released on the 24th
October 2005. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch
of 50,000,000 international email addresses. Your email address emerged
alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this year's Annual Euro
Millones Lottery Draw.

Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
US$450,000:00 (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars
Only).The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

(I) Batch No: WTWU/3030/INSD
(ii) Ticket No: 245-242-065
(iii) Lucky No: 06-19-25-39-44
(iv) Ref No: MGMT/1770/5800/EUES
(v) Serial No:BTT/4500/34000

The Euro Millones Lottery Program is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft
Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell computers, and a conglomeration
of other international IT companies.

The Euro Millones Lottery Program internet draw is held once in a year and
is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers
worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200 Million Euros are won annually
in more than 150 countries worldwide.

To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed attorney as
soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:

Mr. Natalia Veta..

N.B:Steps to claiming your prize;

1.Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the claims

2. You must contact the appointed attorney with your Full Names, Contact
Telephone Numbers (Home, Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number) via
email to process the immediate payment of your prize.

3. Be informed that the appointed attorney will be required to swear an
Affidavits of Lotto Claim and also obtain Approved Legal Clearance
Certificate from the Ministry of Justice here in Spain which is in
accordance with the European Union Financial Commission Act 2004 on payment
of International Lottery Winners.

Please be aware that the PAYING BANK will Effect Payment Swiftly upon
satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by this Fiduciary
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you.
Once again congratulations!!!

Best regards,

Best regard,
Mrs.Angela Jesusa.
( Promotion Director )

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