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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 MILLIONS SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL <euromillionpro@aim.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 18:01:42 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE WON


EURO MILLIONS SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION / PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
ESPAÑA.
(¡). REFERENCE: 67/80/IPD
( ¡¡) BATCH: EGGS-541-623-782:

Sir/Madam,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro millions Spanish Lottery Winners International E-mail programs held on the 28TH OF OCTOBER,due to the mix-up of names and email addresses the result was released on the 17TH NOVEMBER 2006. All 50 winning email addressess were randomly selected from a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 companies and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. Your E-mail address attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main number 345-790-241-671 drew lucky star winning numbers 34-32-90-43-32 which consequently won in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1.000.000.00 Euros.(One Million Euros) It will be process for claim to you by our register claim agent LIBERTY SECURITY COMPANY S.A.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates, the Founder of Microsoft and Spanish European Lottery Board in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the globe. This promotional program takes place once in three years.
We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50 millions Euro International lottery.
To file in your claims you are to contact the appointed agent as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
DR.TOM BLATT,(CLAIM AGENT)
LIBERTY SECURITY COMPANY S.A
ESPAÑA.
Email: libertyoffice4@aim.com
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than two weeks, after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence with the claims officer.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Sincerely yours,
MRS,COMFORT JOSE
Director Online International Promotions Unit/Lottery Co-ordinator.
N.B:
1.All claims are nullified after 14 working days from today.
2.Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addressess.
3.All winners under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified.
........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
You are advised to keep your winning confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you,this notification is dispatched directly to only the 50 lucky consolation prize Winners. This notification also contains information that is proprietary,privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the right recipient whose email address attached to the lucky numbers along with the winning informations you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this notice or any part of it.


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