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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: "LOTERIA DE LA PRIMITIVA ESPAÑA." <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 13:01:34 +0200

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in Primitiva Lotto draw held on 23rd of October 2006. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails.
Your email address emerged alongside 9 others as category 2 winners in this year's Annual Free Lotto Draw. Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of € 963,300 (Nine hundred and sixty three thousand three hundred euros) only.

The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

1. (I) Winning numbers: 12-80-23-52-79-10
(ii) Email ticket number: LP754/22/76
(iii) Lotto code number: LP49033342LT
(iv) The file Ref number: LP/309772/80/LT

2. Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the claims officer.

3. Winners must send their names, address, and telephone number and means of identification (international passport or driver's license numbers) to claim officer to process immediate payment of their prize.

4. Note that winners who are below 18 years are automatically disqualified. Please contact the claims officer on the below name and address.

Contact officer: DR. WILLS DOUGLAS
(TELEPHONE: #34-6365-45451.) For the immediate release of your winnings prize.

Winners are advised to keep this award confidential until prize are claimed to avert incidence of impersonation by unscrupulous elements. Once again on behalf of all our staff, congratulations.
The Free Lotto Awards is proudly sponsored b-
y the Microsoft Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers, Mackintosh and a conglomeration of other international IT companies. The free lotto 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. -------------------------------------------------
We also encourage you to visit our website at and take your chance to play and become part of our daily winners.
Millions are won on a daily basis on one of the world's most famous free lotto service. CONGRATULATIONS!!


Promoción Manager,

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