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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: award international <award@award94.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 16:36:01 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Email award


Email award
Dear Beneficiary
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Euro Millones Lottery International Email Address draw on the 20th of September 2006 due to the mixture of names and address the result was released on the 4th October 2006. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batchof 50,000,000 international email addresses. Your email address emerged alongside 9 others as a category A winner in the Euro Millones Lottery Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of US$787,000:00 (Seven Hundred and Eighty Seven Thousand United States Dollars Only).
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(I) Batch No: WNTO/7416/VA/ES
(ii) Ticket No: TWMT/1800/806
(iii) Lucky No: 07-13-31.54-64
(iv) Ref No: EMLES/2006/M
(V) Serial No: CNMMM/67000/MMC
The Euro Millones Lottery Program internet draw is held once in a year and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200 Million Euros are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.
To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
MR.JACK WILLIAMS
MUNDIAL CONSULT SA.
MADRID-SPAIN
E-mail:mundialconsult@aim.com
N.B:Steps to claiming your prize;
1.Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the claims officer.
2. You must contact the appointed agent with your Full Names, Contact Telephone Numbers (Home, Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number) via email to process the immediate payment of your prize.
3. Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear an Affidavits of Lotto Claim and also obtain Approval Legal Clearance Certificate from the Court here in Spain which is in accordance with the European Union Financial Act 2004 on payment of International Lottery Winners.
Please be aware that the PAYING BANK will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by this fiduciaryagent.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you.
Once again congratulations!!!
Best regards,
Ms.Anita Alicante.
Euro Millones Lottery Board.

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