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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: "Onlae Lottery" <onlae100winner@aim.com>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 18:58:54 +0200
Subject: CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNER!!!


ONLAE LOTTERIA
MARBELLA- SPAIN
www.onlae.com


REF Nº: ONL/72452319/06
BATCH Nº: 19/02415/HHM

ATTN : BENEFICIARY.

ONLAE GROUP OF LOTTERY AWARD NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the release today of the ONLAE LOTTERIA held on the 1st of April 2006.Your e-mail or your company e-mail address was entered as a dependent client with reference Nº:ONL/72452319/06 and batch Nº:19/02415/HHM. Should there be any discrepancy in your name and address please contact our fiduciary.

All names entered in the program were presented by our international
marketing department in conjunction with world residential white pages,
humanitarian organization, and the help of Embassies and chambers of
commerce of countries in Europe, Australia, North and South America,The
Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.Your name attached to ticket
number: 0078-522341-09, with serial number: 52326-01drew the lucky winning
numbers :17-42-48-50-53/1. Which subsequently won the lottery in the First
category. You have therefore been approved for a winning payment of Euros
_760,510.24 eEUROS(SEVEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED AND TEN EUROS,TWENTY FOUR CENTS) in cash credited to file claims number: ONL/72452319/06.This is from a total cash prize of _ 4,563,061.44 (FOUR
MILLION,FIVE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE THOUSAND,SIXTY ONE EUROS AND FORTY FOUR CENTS). Shared among SIX international winners in this category.

All lucky winners were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
Nineteen thousand names from around the world as part of our international
promotions which we conducted.Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured in your name with an insurance bond policy coverage. Due to a mixed up of names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award away from public notice until your claim has been processed and your fund remitted to you. As this is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants.

To begin your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent and
Provide him with the information below:
1.Name:
2.Address:
3.Marital Status:
4.Occupation:
5.Age:
6.Sex:
7.Nationality:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number:
10.Fax Number:
11.Draw Number above:
Mr.Raul Menedez Foreign Services Manager
.E-mail: raulmenedez@lycos.es who are your sole agent for the processing and remittance of your fund.

NOTE: All prize money must be claimed not later than 23rd of June 2006.After
this date,the fund will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.
We congratulate you and thank you for being a part of our international
promotional program.

Sincerely,

MARIA LOPEZ GOMEZ

FOR

DR.EMILIO BATAN.
VICE PRESIDENT



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