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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: "EUROBONO LOTERIA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 18:26:13 +0200

Paseo De La Castellana
15-89, 28008 Madrid.
Spain Branch.

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 12th May, 2006. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotionalprogram 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 (41765) Serial number 2113-05 drew the EUROBONO lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the third category. You have been approve for the star prize of Euros 694,861.07(Six Hundred And Ninety Four Thousand, Eight Hundred And SixtyOne,Seven cents Only.) in cash credited to the file REF: LP/26510460037/06, BATCH: 24/00319/IPD.This is from the total prize of Euros 20,000,000.00(Twenty Million Euros) shared among the Twenty Five (25)International winners in third category.
YOUR REF: LP/26510460037/06
YOUR BATCH: 24/00319/IPD

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 at address below.
Mr.Fernando Garcia
Address: Avenida de America 12
Madrid Spain.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 15th of June,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.Emily Sanchez,
Vice President EUROBONO.
The information transmitted is intended only for the person whom it is addressed. Unauthorised use, disclosure or copying is strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the improper transmission of this communication nor for any delay in its receipt.

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