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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: "nu nu" <elgor034@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: elganaeloteriaclaimofficer@yahoo.es
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 15:11:25 +0000
Subject: EMAIL WINNING CONFIRMATION NOTICE

EL GANAR GLOBAL DE LA BALOTA DE ELOTERIA
NOTIFICACIÓN DE LA LOTERÍA.
Núñez de Balboa, 112 28006 Madrid
EMAIL WINNING CONFIRMATION NOTICE
Dear Winner,
We happily announce to you the draw of the EL GANAR GLOBAL DE LA BALOTA DE
ELOTERIA LOTTERY, Online Ballot Sweepstakes International program held on
13TH MARCH 2007.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 9-14-18-14-12-25 with
Reference number 180/256/2334 drew the lucky numbers:
(12)-(40)-(16)-(19)-(42)-(40)bonus # (09).Which subsequently won you the
lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of €1,500,000 (One
Million,Five hundred thousand Euros ) in cash credited to file no
KTU/9023118308/03.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Web through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000
unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This
promotion takes place bianually.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.In view of
this, your €1,500,000 (ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS) would be
released to you by any of our Affiliate courier department.Our agent will
immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as
soon as you contact him/her.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program. Please be warned !!!
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent :

Global Winning co-ordinator.
LOTTERY PAYMENT APPLICATION FORM
(To be completed by lottery winners only)
Ticket Number: ........................

Reference Number: ....................

First Name: .........................

Last Name: ..........................

Home Address: ......................

Town/City: .............................

Post Code: ...........................

Country: ...............................

Telephone : ...........................

Mobile: .....................................


Fax (...............................
Mandatory) Email Address: ...............................

Date of Birth: ..................................

Occupation: ....................................

Marital Status: ..................................


preferred mode of payment{Certified Cheque or Bank Draft}

Signature-------------------------------------------------------------

I............................hereby declare that the above information are
true and binding on me. If at any time it is discovered that I have given
false information, I will forfeit my rights to my winnings.
That way your winnings certificate and all other relevant
documents/paperwork can be prepared for you.

Please contact the under listed claims officer via email and/or phone as
soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:

SNR JORGE ALFONSO GARCIA

_________________________________________________________________
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