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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 00:30:19 +0100 (MET)
Subject: u're lotto lucky winner!!

TEL: +34 639 904 786
FAX: +34 676 755 794
REF: JJ/23122112/77/06-BATCH: 05/18062000/JJ.


We are pleased to inform you the released results of the EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME held on the 13TH NOVEMBER 2006 and the result came out on the 8TH DECEMBER 2006 by 11.45 am. Your name attached to the Ticket number 025-11-464-992-750 with serial number 2113-05 drew the lucky numbers 03-15-27-37-39-40 which consequently won the lottery in the 3RD CATEGORY.

You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay out of US615,810.009 (SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN U.S DOLLARS ONLY) in cash credited to file NO. NIS/06. This is from total cash prize of USD10,468,770.00(TEN MILLION FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY DOLLARS) shared among the seventeen international winners in this category.

Your fund is now deposited with security company, insured in your name due to the mix of up of numbers and names, we ask you to keep this AWARD TOP SECRET FROM PUBLIC NOTICE until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to your account as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by participants. All our beneficiaryies were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Europe, Australia, Asia, and America as part of our INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME which we conduct once every year. We hope with a part of your prize, you will take part in our next year high stake of USD1.3 BILLION INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.

To begin your claim, please contact your agent, DON PEDRO LOPEZ, foreign services manager of LUNA GLOBAL SECURITY COMPANY S.A on TEL: +34 677 021 827,FAX: +34 911 814 111, FAX: +34 692 800 351, email: for processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember that all prizes money must be claimed not later than 19TH JANUARY 2007. After this date, all funds will be returned to the Ministerio de Economia y Hacienda as unclaimed.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complcations, please remeber to quote your reference and batch number in every of your correspondence with us or our agent. And remember that you have to pay 10% of your winning fund to your claims agent, after the fund gets to you. Further more, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Find attached, ROCESSING FORM which you are required to fill and fax back to your claim agent. Congratulations once again from all memebers of our department and thank you for being part of our INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME.

(Vice President)

Contact the Claiming AGENT by Fax as stated below:
(foreign services manager)
E-MAIL: w_spanish2000
TEL: +34 677 021 827
FAX: +34 911 814 111
FAX: +34 692 800 351

To avoid delay in claiming your winning fund you are therefore needed
to forward to DON PEDRO LOPEZ the below information.

1) Your full names and address:................................
2) Country of origin/home address:........................................
3) Tel/Fax line:..................................
4) Your ticket num and serial number:.................................
5) Occupation:................................

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