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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: freeawardsl freeawardsl <>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 17:27:18 +0200
Subject: Your Email Address Has Won

Your Email Address Has Won
The España Real Campo S.L.
C/.Talamanca, 22 Pl Sat
De Cabaña, 28867, Guadalajara


Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice the result of Real Campo Free Award promotion. We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged a winner of Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros (550,000.00) Euros.

NOTE:to file for your claim,please contact the claim department below on email.

Office: Campo Award Agency
Mr. Morris Cataldo,
Address: P.O. Box 2021 3500GA Bailen 31 28005 Madrid Spain.
Tel: + 0034-634-08-80-60
Tel: + 0034-635-11-23-56
Contact Email: []

Find below your promotion date,Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence with your claims agent Mr:Morris Cataldo'

PROMOTION DATE:Tuesday 1 of May 2007
AWARD CODE: 077/426

Please note that you will be required the issuance of your legal back up legalization/ notarization document in court,All winnings must be claimed not later than 30 days,

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs.Andaluss Seville
Director Award Distribution Center.

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kostenguenstig. Jetzt gleich testen! ** []

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