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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: jennifer@jisabels.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 17:15:16 +0100 (CET)
Subject: ATTN Winnnre


ATTN Winnnre
NUMBER:82/42/AES/06
YOU RE REF:CO/478/34/06.ESP.
Batch No: SUTO/980/TWM/EU


We are delighted to notify you of the result of the Lotteria Shop Nacional programs held on 17.November,2006 your email address were attached to one of the ten winning Ticket numbers (17/25/22/27)- with Game (Number 45-60-72. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of €150,000.00 (One Hundred Fifty Thousand Euro)
CONGRATULATIONS!
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our sponsors databases, including over 5,000 companies and 20,000 individual E-mail addresses and names submitted by our agents drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe, North And South America, Oceania and around the world. To file for your urgent claim, please contact our affiliate agent.
Mr.Abbas Jalal
CHALET FINANCIAL SERVICES
Reply Emails:infosgasl0@aim.com
Tel:+34692473683
It is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and to minimize identification difficulties advise you to keep this information confidential until your claim is processed successfully and to avoid unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants to please note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your winning Certificate and all winnings must be claimed not later than November30.2006,after this date all unclaimed winnings will be null and void.
In Order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your ticket number and game numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agents as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Yours faithfully,
Isabels Jennifer Moolman
Award Co-coordinador.
LOTTERIA SHOP NACIONAL FINAL NOTICE

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