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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: EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA LOTERIA <eglp2006@yahoo.es>
Reply-To: email_brunodomingo@safe-mail.net
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2006 18:54:36 +0100
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION


FROM:THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: LP/26510460037/06
BATCH: 24/00319/IPD


SUBJECT:AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION.

We are pleased to inform you of the release today, 2nd of March2006,of the EL GORDO the 1st of March ,2006.Your email address was attached to ticket number 02511464992-750 with serial number 2113-05 drew the lucky number 19-25 26 30 32 34,which consequently won the lottery in category 3ª.

You are therefore been approve for the lump sum pay out of € 800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand Euros Only) in cash credit to the file REF: LP/26510460037/06. This is from a total prize of € 11,130,835.00 shared among the international winners in their respective categories.

CONGRATULATION!

Your fund is now deposited with a paying bank, ALLSTATES BANK,Madrid Spain.Due to the mixed up of some numbers and email addresses,we ask that you keep this award a top secret from the public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money remitted to your account as this is a part of our Security protocol to avoid double claiming award or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.

All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 780,000 email addresses from Australia, USA,Europe, Asia ,Africa,New Zealand, Middle-East and South-North America .As part of our international promotions program, which we conducted twice in a year.We hope with a part of your prize, you will take part in our end of the year high stake €30 Million Euros International Lottery.

To begin your claim, please contact the issuing
authority, your prize claim agent, Mr. Bruno Domingo (Foreign Service
Manager) for processing and remittance of your prize money to a
designated account of your choice.Tel: +34 665 098 707.
Email: brunodomingo@safe-mail.net Or brunodomingo@operamail.com
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later
than the 30th of March, 2006. After this date,all funds will be
returned as unclaimed.

Note: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every of your
correspondence with your agent.Furthermore, should there be any change of address,do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulation again from all member of our staff and
thank you for being part of our promotion program.

Best regards,

JAMES CARLOS.

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