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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 about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: ANA CORTES <lottosuertelot@walla.com>
Reply-To: franlos2006@yahoo.es
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 17:27:04 +0100
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION


Euromillion Loteria Español AWARD 2006.
Paseo De La Castellana
15-89, 28008 Madrid.
Spain Branch.
Ref. Nº: ES/007/06/12/MAD.
Batch. Nº: GHT/2907/333/06.
YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THIS YEAR EURO MILLION LOTTERY
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 20th March, 2006. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used to select winners.
it is aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.Your email address attached to ticket star number (4-5) drew the EUROMILLION lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the Second category.You have been approve for the star prize of EUR 667,248.26. (Six Hundred And Sixty Seven Thousand, Two Hundred And Fourty Eight Euros. Twenty Six Cents)
CONGRATULATIONS !!!
You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive
your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you. This
is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as
we have had cases like this before, please send your Full Name,Home and
Office Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning ticket number,reference
numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning fund to
our registered claim agent in addrres below.
GLOBAL FORTUNE SECURITY S.A
Mr.Francisci Carlos
Address: Avenida de America 12
Madrid Spain.
E-mail:franlos2006@yahoo.es
TEL,0034 699 686 508
Rememer, all winning must be claimed not later than 17th April,, 2006.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.
Best regard,
Mrs. Ana Cortes
Lottery coordinator.

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