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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: angel@afranco8.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 18:07:02 +0100 (CET)
Subject: ATTN:WINNER,


ATTN:WINNER,
Euromillion Loteria Español
Paseo De La Castillano
17-19, 28008 Madrid Spain.
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our Euromillion computer balloting sweepstake loteria held on 16th 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. You have been approved for the star prize of 150,000.00 Euro.(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand) CONGRATULATIONS!!
To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings prize,
LIQUIDLUNCH FINANCE AND SECURITIES, S.L
Contact Person: Mr. Elliot Anderson
Tel:+34 696 756 270
Contact Email: liquidlunchinfo@aim.com
Batch No:SUTO/980/TWM/EU
Ticket No: WRNM/SMI/5990
Lucky No: 10-23-44-72-80
Serial No: MUOTI/82536
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.
Note: You will be require to pay for the issuance of your winning certificate only. The certificate is your legal prove/guarantee which will be submitted to the bank for the remittance of your fund.
The Validity period of the winnings is for 30 working days hence you are expected to make your claims immediately, any claim not made before this date will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.
Once again congratulations !!!
Best Regards,
Mrs SEON FRANCO
(Lottery Sec.)

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