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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "greg edward" <ukspainlotto18@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: lottolondon@ny.com
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 00:19:03 +0000
Subject: SPANISH EL GORDO LOTTERY PROMOTION













SPANISH EL GORDO LOTTERY PROMOTION
COFIDIS CONSULTANT S.L.
ADDREES: C/ PRINCIPE DE VERGARA
49 MADRID 28004, ESPAÑA
ENGLAND AND SPAIN
Dear Winner,
EMAIL WINNING CONFIRMATION NOTICE
We are glad to inform you that your E-mail address appears as the confirmed
Winner of our last WORLDWIDE email lottery program held on the 11TH JAN
2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 6547065472 with Serial
number 3765-75 drew lucky numbers 7-12-18-24-32-45, which Consequently won
in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment
of 500,000 pounds.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
This promotional program takes place every year. All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 companies
and 50,000, 000 individual email addresses and names from all over the
world.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to
quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. We ask
that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has
been processed and your money remitted to you. Remember all winnings must be
claimed not later than eight days
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. To
file for your claim or for further details, please contact our agent
In respect of our commitment towards helping the less privilege, we ask that
you voluntarily contribute 1% of your Global winnings to any charity
organization you desire at your convenience.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff.
.
Global Winning co-ordinator.
OUR WEBSITE::www.lottoshop.com
LOTTERY PAYMENT APPLICATION FORM
(To be completed by lottery winners only)
Ticket Number: ........................

Reference Number: ....................

Batch Number: ........................

First Name: .........................

Last Name: ..........................

Home Address: ......................

Town/City: .............................

Post Code: ...........................

Country: ...............................

Telephone : ...........................

Mobile: .....................................


Fax (Private): ...............................
Email Address: ...............................

Date of Birth: ..................................

Occupation: ....................................

Marital Status: ..................................


preferred mode of payment{certified cheque or bank wire}

Signature-------------------------------------------------------------

I............................hereby declare that the above information are
true and binding on me. If at any time it is discovered that I have given
false information, I will forfeit my rights to my winnings.
That way your winnings certificate and all other relevant
documents/paperwork can be prepared for you.

Please contact the under listed claims officer via email and/or phone as
soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:

Mr JOHN fowler Chief financial Director


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