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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: "award notification" <2007.notification3@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 17:44:51 +0100
Subject: Your E-mail Address has won a lottery prize.


Elgordo Lottery Award 2007.
Pol.Lasao, Area Anardi
155, 28090 Madrid.
Spain Branch.
Dear Beneficiary


We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting held on 27th Febuary. 2007. This is a Scientific Computer Game in
which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at
encouraging internet users; Meaning, you do not need to buy ticket to enter
for it. Your email account have been picked as one of the ten winning email
address in 2007.Therefore you have been approve for the star prize of
EUR777,000.00 (Seven Hundred And seventy-seven Thousand euros Only).


With the underlisted winning details:-


Ref N0:-ES/WIN/008/05/SPA
Batch NO:-EU/2907/908/06.
Ticket No:- SPA/7007/77
Lucky No:- 1-18-40-40-77
Serial No: - MAD /20622


All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn
from one Million E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States,
Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international
promotions program which is conducted annually.This Lottery was promoted and
sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies to promote the
use of internet around the world.


To claim your prize,Simply contact:-

Mr Alberto Luis (Head Of Dept- Award Payment Department)
TEL. +34-692-866-752
E-mail: infoelgordo@aim.com or info_elgordo2007@yahoo.es


Please quote your reference, batch and winning numbers as well as your full
name, address and telephone number .We advice all winners to keep this
information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and
your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non
-participant or unofficial personnel.


Note, All winning must be claimed within 30 days from this notification
otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed.


Thank you
For Your Anticipate
Co-Operation.
Mrs. Betty Nene
Lottery coordinator.


ANY MAIL RECIEVED OF THIS SUCH WITH ANY OTHER TRADE MARK OR ADDRESS SHOULD
BE FOWARDED TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT IMMEDIATELY, THIS WILL HELP US TO FIGHT
INTERNET LOTTERY SCAM, AND LOTTERY IMPOSTERS.

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