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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: "euroloteria" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 21:50:18 -0400 (EDT)

EURO MILLONES ESPAÑOL S.L. Av. Comunidad de Madrid, 37-41, Las Rozas28008 Madrid,.Ref: Nº: ESP/1005/LOTTO/2006Batch Nº: MIL 944470/096/EURO/SPWe happily announce to the beneficiary of this e-mail address the draw of the EURO MILLONES ESPAÑOL LOTTERY e-mail online Sweepstakes International program held 18th August, 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 12-37-39-40-50 drew the lucky star number: (1-2) Bonus Ball which subsequently won you as the e-mail beneficiary the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of EUR €966,860.32. (NineHundred And Sixty Six Thousand, Eight Hundred And Sixty Euros. Thirty Two Cents) credited to Ref: Nº:ESP/1005/LOTTO/2006and Batch Nº: MIL 944470/096/EURO/SP. All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions,associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes
place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your EUR € 966,860.32. (Nine Hundred And Sixty Six Thousand, Eight Hundred And Sixty Euros. Thirty Two Cents) would be process for claim to you by our registered claim agent. Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as your contact is receive by them. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning informations confidential until your claim is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, please be warned.To file your claim, please contact our registered claims agent: *********************************************************************MR. LUIS GARCIA DEL HORNO. PRIMER GRUPO CONSULTAS S.A ESPAÑAAlcala De Henares, 5228055,
Madrid.Direct Tel: +34-66-082-00-14E.mail: *********************************************************************Please, note that winning prize must be claimed within three weeks of this notification, after this period all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondence with your claim agent.Once again congratulations from all our members and staff of EURO MILLONES ESPAÑOL S.L.Best regards,SR. ALVARO GARCIA SOLANA. Online co-ordinator for EURO MILLONES ESPAÑOL S.L., Sweepstakes International Program.

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