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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: MRS.MARIA SANCHEZ. <elgordolaprimitival@message.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 11:50:40 +0200
Subject: AWARD WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION 2006.


FROM:THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: LP/26510460037/05
BATCH: 24/00319/IPD
website: https://www.alicanteloteria.com
AWARD WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION.
We are pleased to inform you of the final release today,24 of JUNE ,2006, of the ELGORDO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on the 11th, MARZO,2006. Your email address was attached to ticket number 3-14-17-18-38-5. with serial number 37-3.which drew the lucky number which consequently won the lottery in the category 3A.
You are therefore been approve for the lump sum pay out of € 894,090.00( Eight hundred and ninety four thousand Ninety Euros.) in cash credited to the file REF: LP/26510460037/05. This is from a total prize o f €4,199,430.00 EUROS shared among the Eight (8)International winners in their respective categories.
CONGRATULATION!!!
Your fund is now deposited with a paying bank,and 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 bank account as this is a part of our Security protocol to avoid double claim application or unwarranted taking advantage of
this program by participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 250,000 email addresses from Australia, USA, Africa, Europe, Asia ,New Zealand, Middle-East and South-North America. As part of our international promotions program.
We hope with a part of your prize, you will take part in our 2006 end of the year high stakes of €10 Million Euros International Lottery.
To beg in your claim, please contact the issuing authority, your prize claim agent,MR.JERRY JOSE (Foreign Service Manager of GLOBAL NETWORK SERVICES) for processing and remittance of your prize money to your designated bank account of your choice.
MR.JERRY JOSE
Email: jerryjose_agent@cosmo.com
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than two weeks from the date of receiving this notification. 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 claim agent.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform your claim agent as soon as possible. Please remember to ask for your prize claim certificate as soon as all conditions of claim are met as your claim agent will let you know some of these conditions that will meet to enable you to claim your prize.
BELOW IS OUR WEBSITE TO ENABLE YOU CONFIRM YOUR LUCKY WINNING NUMBERS AND AMOUNT YOU WON. BE WELL INFORMED THAT IF YOUR WINNING INFORMATION DOES NOT CORRESPOND WITH THAT IN OUR SYSTEM THEN YOUR PAYMENT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
1. Carefully click/ on this web site: https://www.alicanteloteria.com
2. Click on our organization : Resultados
3. Click on : Anteriores
4. Click on the date which your draw was held
5. Click on the BUSCAR botton to search for your winning number.
Congratulation again from all member of our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Best regards,
MRS. MARIA SANCHEZ.

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