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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: royal spanish <royalspanishloto@royalspanishloto.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:47:44 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: EMAIL AWARD NOTIFICATION 2006(CONGRATULATION)!!!


ROYAL SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF: RSSL/61-ILGI0509/45
BATCH:RSSL/15/096/WRCS
DATE:25/09/2006
RE: WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
Dear Winner,
This is to inform you of the release of the Royal Spanish Sweepstakes
Lottery Email Promotional Program held on the 1st March 2006, this result
was initially delayed due to mix up of email addresses, the results were
finally released on the 18th September 2006, and your email attached to Ticket
number: 212005600545 188 with Serial number: 4888/02, which drew the Lucky
numbers: 41-6-76-13-45-8, which consequently won the lottery in the Second
category of the year 2006. You are therefore approved for a lump sum payout
of €1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION EUROS ONLY) in cash accredited to file
reference number: KPC/9080333308/03 this is from a total cash prize of
€19,000,000.00 (NINTEEN MILLION EUROS ONLY) Shared among the nineteen
international winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited in a security company with your prize money
insured in your email. Due to mix up of some email addresses, we ask that
you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed
and money remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming or unwarranted abuse of this program by
participants as it has happened in the past. All participants were selected
randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and
extracted from over 100,000 companies,this promotion takes place annually.
We hope your lucky email address will draw a bigger cash prize in the next
high stake promotion agenda of €30,000,000.00 (THIRTY MILLION EUROS).
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Mr Jeff Carlos
World Royal Consultancy And Securities Madrid Spain.
Tel:+34-676-756-576
Email:worldryconsult@netscape.net or worldroyconsut@aim.com
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice.Remember,You are to contact our agents by email and
within a week of receiving this notice.After this date, all funds will be
returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.For further
processing and remittance of your winning funds you are fill and forward to
our claim agent the completed processing payment form below.
(1)NAME OF BENEFICIARY
(2)ADDRESS
(3)TELEPHONE
(4)DATE OF BIRTH
(5)OCCUPATION
(6)NATIONALITY
(7)COUNTRY
(8)TICKET NO
(9)SCAN COPY OF IDENTITY(International passport or drivers licence or any other identity).
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us as your assigned
claim agent.Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this
program.
Yours Sincerely,
Wilfred Alberto
Lottery Director.

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