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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: "susan carlos" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 13:39:27 +0200 (CEST)

Free Lotería Nacional La Primitiva.
Calle Galileo, 32-4
Madrid Branch, Spain.
Reference numbers: ES6075b0119
Batch numbers:ND/19734231


We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting
sweepstake held on 26th July, 2006. This is a millennium scientific
computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional
program aimed at encouraging internet users.
Therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. Your email
address attached to ticket number 11,17,31,35,36,50 drew the lucky star
numbers which consequently won the draw in the Second category. You have
been approved for the star prize of Seven Hundred And Fifty Three Thousand, Eighty Hundred
Thirty Five Euros.(€753,835.00).
You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you
receive your lump prize in your account.
This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may
tell, In other to file for your claim, you have to Contact your Lottery
Agent Juan Sanchez Barroso for processing and contact him immediately for
you claim prize.
Juan Sanchez Barroso
Tel: 34- 685-396-691
Avda. de la Constitution 14, E-6
28850 - Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid)
YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS Z-90237-Y67/U4 (keep personal).

If you are under the age of 18, you are automatically disqualified for
this star prize.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Suzan Carlos.
Online coordinator.

¡Miles de amigos con tus mismas aficiones!

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