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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: "Euro Millones" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 09:05:41 -0400 (EDT)

EURO MILLONES ESPAÑOL S.L. Av. Comunidad de Madrid, 37-41, Las Rozas28008 Madrid,.REF: Nº: 270-03894381-143.BATCH Nº: 83565-0. Euro Millones Español happily announce to the beneficiary of this e-mail account the draw of the EURO MILLONES INTERNATIONAL E-LOTTERY program held 29th Sep,2006. Your e-mail account attached to ticket number 01-1974 drew the winning numbers: 03-15-23-34-40 with star number (03-07) bonus ball which subsequently won you as the e-mail beneficiary in 1st category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of EUR € 950,000:00. (NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EUROS) in cash credited to REF: Nº: 270-03894381-143. and BATCH Nº: 83565-0. This program was creat to promote and encourage the use of internet free communications all over the world. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our international promotion booklet as indicated in the play coupon. In view of this, your EUR € 950,000:00. (NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EUROS)
will be process for claim to you by our register claim agent MUNDO SERVICIO DE SEGUROS S.L.. Meanwhile, our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winning prize as soon as your contact is receive by them. For security reasons, you are advise to keep your winning informations very CONFIDENTIAL until your claim is processed and your email winning prize remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by those you might reveal your winning notice to, please be warn.To claim your email winning prize as the bona fide beneficiary, please send email with your contact and winning informations to our register claim agent below: *********************************************************************MUNDO SERVICIO DE SEGUROS S.L.Fdo. Garrido 0528015, Madrid.E.mail: *********************************************************************Remember to quote your
reference and batch numbers in all correspondence with your claim agent. Find below your winning informations for your email prize claim.REF: Nº: 270-03894381-143. BATCH Nº: 83565-0. Winning Nº: 03-15-23-34-40 / (03-07) bonus ballTicket Nº: 01-1974Once again congratulations from EURO MILLONES ESPAÑOL S.L.Good luck,SR. ALVARO GARCIA SOLANA. Online co-ordinator for EURO MILLONES ESPAÑOL S.L., Sweepstakes International Program.

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