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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 claim <euro_claim7@web.de>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 15:53:19 +0100
Subject: {Disarmed} CONGRATULATIONS !!!






























NOTIFICATIONS OF AWARD 2007.
Euromillion loteria Espanol Award 2007.
Paseo De La castellana
15-89, 28008 Madrid. Spain ,Branch.
Ref. No: ES/007/05/12/MAD.
Batch. No: GHT/2907/333/05.
YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THIS YEAR EURO MILLION LOTTERY.

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 23th March 2007. 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.Your email address attached
to ticket star number :(4/5) drew the EUROMILLION lucky numbers
3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the Second category.
You have been approve for the star prize of $ 950,000,00.
(Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars Only).
CONGRATULATIONS !!!
You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you
receive your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to
you,This is a protective measure put in place to avoid people applying
for your winnig fund,as we have had cases like this before.Please send
,
Your Full Name,------------------------------------
Home and Office Telephone numbers,-----
Mobile Tele Number -----------------------------
Fax Number-----------------------------------------
and your winning ticket number,reference numbers and amount
won information.
For processing of your winning fund to our registered claim agent Via
addrress below:
Dr Luis Martinez
PROSEGUR SECURITY FIRM,
Avenida de America 12 Madrid Spain.
E-mail:prosegursec@aim.com
All winning must be claimed not later than 9th april, 2007.Please
note,in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember
to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent
as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.
Best Regards,
Mrs.Emily Simon
(Lottery coordinator).

This promotional program takes place every year. This year lottery was
promoted and sponsored by THE MANAGEMENT OF THE STAATSLOTERIJ COMPANY
B.V AND SULTAN OF BRUNEI, we hope with part of your winning you will
take part on our next year 2 million international lottery.



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