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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: CONTINENTAL EMAIL LOTTERY PROGRAM <AWARDCONTINENTAL@YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 16:35:42 +0200
Subject: FINAL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!!!!




CONTINENTAL EMAIL LOTTERY PROGRAM
AVENIDA DE LA CRUZ 1 PISO 6G 28923
MADRID ESPAÑA.
DATE: JUNE 21TH, 2006.
FROM:
THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
AWARD...
BATCH: EGGS-304-082-444
REFERENCE:12/13/MGM
AWARD NOTIFICATION.
This is to inform you on the release of the CONTINENTAL E-MAIL LOTTERY held on the 7th of June 2006.
The results was released on the 9th of June 2006. Your email address was attached to ticket number 686-055-075-435 with serial number 111-947-214 which drew lucky numbers 17-87-45-82-66 and won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been awarded a lump of 550,000.00(FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EURO ONLY) cash credited to file with REF: N EGS/227/858/333 This is from 5,500,000 (FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO) in cash among the 100 participants finalist playing 100 full tickets in which 10 winners were selected.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your fund is now deposited with Wincor Nixdorf Service and Consultancy and insured in your email address , we only have your e-mail address in our custody and also due to mix up of some numbers and e-mail addresses, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claims has been processed and claimed by you. We assure you that your full winning prize will be given to you NOTE: no individual or organisation has the legal right to deduct or add to you award otherwise legal actions will be taken .You must receive your full award of five hundred and fifty thousand euros as processed by your security company.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid problems from participants as it has happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names and screened to 100 e-mails which participated in final lottery from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa .
This programme is sponsored by INTERNET EXPLORER / WORLD INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANISATION TO PROMOTE and ENHANCE the use of SOFT WARE IN THE GOBAL WORLD. We hope your lucky e-mail address will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs. To begin your lottery claims, please contact your claims agent,
DR Robert Dawin
continent@mail2world.com
Telephone number: 0034-600-790-196 ,
Contintent Nixdorf Service and Consultancy
You are required to present your information of identity to show you are the user of this email address and whom to claim this award, either your country passport, drivers license or any other valid identity is required please contact your security company in charge for full procedures on how to claim your award
.
Remember, all winnings must be processed not later than two weeks from the day you receive this notification.
Any requirement not met before this date,funds will be returned to the MINISTRY OF FINANCE Also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to the security company because they are the company assigned by the Continental Email Lottery Board to process your winnings to you.From your winnings, 10% you must remit after you have received your winning prize because the money is insured in your e-mail address and can not be removed.
Remember to quote your reference and batch numbers ( BATCH:EGGS-304-082-444 REFERENCE: 12/13/MGM) in every of your response to your claim agent. Further more, should there be any change of address, inform your claim agent as soon as possible.A copy of your lucky winning ticket and all other informations will be sent to you by your claim agent when your award has been processed and transferred , Your claims agent is DR Robert Dawin.
Once again from all members of our staff CONGRATULATIONS for being a part of our International promotions program.
NOTE:winners below eighteen years ( -18yrs ) are disqualified from this programme.
We wish you good fortunes.
Sincerely,
MRS,JUAN PAOLO,

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