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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: COMFORT JOSE(Mrs) <euromillotto@netscape.net>
Reply-To: groupamaseguros@netscape.net
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 11:08:35 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE WON.


EURO MILLION SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM:INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REFERENCE Nº:629/330/EPL.
BATCH Nº:APD/243/852/186.
RE:WINNING NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE.
DATE:24TH JULY 2006.
Dear Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro millions Spanish Lottery Winners International E-mail programs held on the 30TH OF JUNE 2006, and the result where released on the 24TH OF JULY 2006. Your E-mail address attached to ticket numbers:229-188-611-982, with serial main numbers:112-522-337-620 drew lucky star numbers:22-35-40-61-92 which consequently won in the 2ND category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of €615,810.(SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND,EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN EUROS ONLY)CONGRATULATIONS!!!.

Due to mix up of some numbers and email addresses,we ask that you keep your winning informations confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by non- participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company's and 50,000,individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Spanish European Lottery Board in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the globe,therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.This promotional program takes place every year. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year €50 million Euros International lottery.

To file for your claims, please contact our fiducial agent:
DR THOMAS REY,
GROUPAMA SEGUROS,S.A,(MADRID-SPAIN).
TEL: 0034-692-565-817.
Email: groupamaseguros@netscape.net

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 3weeks(21days).After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
And also be informed that 5% of your Lottery Winning will be paid to GROUPAMA SEGUROS,S.A.,because they entered your email address for the draw and they are your claims agent. This (5%) will be remitted after you have received your money because this money is already insured with your email address.

Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staffs and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically dis-qualified.
Sincerely,
MRS,COMFORT JOSE.
LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR.
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This message is confidential. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. If you have received it please let us know by reply from your system; you should not copy it or disclose its contents to anyone. All messages sent to and from Euro Million Lottery Company España may be monitored to ensure compliance with internal policies and to protect your winning from the Euro Million Spanish Lottery Award Promotions.
The contents of any email addressed to our clients are subject to our usual terms of business; anything which does not relate to the official business of the firm is neither given nor endorsed by it.

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