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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: "macromailer" <macromailer@mynet.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 16:28:02 +0200 (EET)
Subject: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS WON AWARD

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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;

Attn:Winner,&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;

&nbsp;
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 21th October 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 $787:000.00(Seven Hundred And Eghty Seven Thousand
dollars Only) .
&nbsp;
To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as
soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
&nbsp;
BARRISTER MARTIN CANNIS
TEL. +34 697 333 267
E-mail:martincannis@aim.com&nbsp;
&nbsp;
(¡) Batch No: SUTO/980/TWM/EU
(¡¡) Ticket No: WRNM/SMI/5990
(¡¡¡) Lucky No: 10-23-44-72-80
(iv) Serial No: MUOTI/82536
&nbsp;
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.
The Validity period of the winnings is for 30 working days hence you are
expected to make your cla ims immediately, any claim not made before this
date will be CANCELLED.
&nbsp;
Best Regards,

Mrs.Gorisa Labella,
Program Assistant.

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<html><body><DIV>
<DIV>
<DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
<br>
Attn:Winner,&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
<br>
&nbsp;<br>
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 21th October 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 <STRONG>$787:000.00(Seven Hundred And Eghty Seven Thousand
dollars Only) .</STRONG></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as
soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings: </DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><STRONG>BARRISTER MARTIN CANNIS<br>
TEL. +34 697 333 267<br>
E-mail:</STRONG><A
href="http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=martincannis@aim.com&amp;YY=32709&amp;y5beta=yes&amp;y5beta=yes&amp;order=down&amp;sort=date&amp;pos=0&amp;view=a&amp;head=b"
target=_blank rel=nofollow><STRONG><FONT
color=#0000ff>martincannis@aim.com</FONT></STRONG></A><STRONG>&nbsp;<br>
</STRONG>&nbsp;<br>
<STRONG>(¡) Batch No: SUTO/980/TWM/EU<br>
(¡¡) Ticket No: WRNM/SMI/5990<br>
(¡¡¡) Lucky No: 10-23-44-72-80<br>
(iv) Serial No: MUOTI/82536</STRONG> <br>
&nbsp;<br>
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.<br>
The Validity period of the winnings is for 30 working days hence you are
expected to make your cla ims immediately, any claim not made before this
date will be CANCELLED.<br>
&nbsp;<br>
Best Regards, </DIV>
<DIV><br>
Mrs.Gorisa Labella,<br>
Program Assistant.<br>
</DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>
</body></html>
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