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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 Primit Luck" <loteriaprimitiva@f2s.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 14:18:10 +0100
Subject: YOU WON 525,000 EUROS


LOTERIA PRIMITIVA,PRIZE DEPARTMENT.
AVENIDA GRAN VIA-28921 MADRID-SPAIN
REF Nº: EPSL/25003189/SP/06
BATCH Nº:1007581006
Tic. number 2046912-680
Serial number 912-06
Win. numbers 20-48-91-4
Dear Winner,
In view of the yearly sweepstake of the above named organization held on the 4th of November 2006. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. It is my pleasure to inform you that your e-mail address attached to the above ballot Number came up in the third stake. This invariably means that you have emerged as the prize recipient in the third category with an allocated sum of Five Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Euros (_525,000.00 Euros) in the open ballot device. Be informed that all participants were selected from a random computing ballot system.
In other to claim your _525,000.00 Euros prize winning, which has been deposited in a designated bank. However,you will have to fill the form below and send it to the (LIBERTY SEGUROS COMPANY)for verification and then you will be directed to the bank where your winning funds are deposited in your favour.

NAME:..............
AGE:...............
SEX:...............
ADDRESS:...........
EMAIL:.............
PHONE:.............
OCCUPATION:........
COUNTRY:...........
AMOUNT WON.........
BATCH Nº............
REFERENCE Nº........

Please you are adviced to complete the form and send it immediately to your claims agent (LIBERTY SEGUROS COMPANY) through email to enable them help you processing your claim for prompt collection of your fund from the designated bank.
LIBERTY SEGUROS COMPANY
MADRID SPAIN
Contact person: Mrs. Anna Garcia
(Foreign Services Manager)
Email: libertysegu247@aim.com
Tel: 0034 676841702
Note: All prize funds must be claimed before the 17th of November 2006 after this date all funds will be returned back to the Lottery Company as unclaimed fund.
Congratulations once again.
Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Raul Antonio Santos
Coordinator



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