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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: "Thanks" <>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 05:14:21 -1000
Subject: Lucky Winner.

EuroMillions Lottery SPE.,
2011 Zaventem, Belgium.
Euro Millions are Affiliate of Belgium National Lottery (BNL).


We are pleased to inform you of the result of EuroMillions Lottery SPE.,
which was held on the
9th March, 2007 This lucky draw came first in the 1st Category of the
Sweepstake. with your
e- number 14 ,21,19 , 3 , 33 You will receive the sum of 1,000,000.00
(One Million Euros) from
our authorized bank.

Because of some mix-up with sweepstake prizes, including the time limited
placed on the payment
of your prize:, we advice that you keep all information about this prize
confidential until your funds,
have been transferred to you by our bank. You must adhere to this
instruction, strictly, to avoid
any delay with the release of your funds . This program has been abused
severally in past, so
we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of false claims.

This sweepstake was conducted under the watchful eyes of 5 000 spectators.
Your e-mail address
was selected and came out first by a e-ballot draw from over 200,000
e-mail addresses (personal and
corporate e-mail addresses). This program is sponsored by CFI Networks
to compensate faithful internet
suffers around the globe.
Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners. With your
permission, your e- mail will also be
included in the next sweepstake of 5Million.

You must claim your prize,not later than 14-days from the moment you
receive this e-mail.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays with your claim from the bank; please
contact them immediately,
and quote your winning and personal information , and in all your
correspondence with the bank.
Here is the contact information of the Paying Bank.
Direktbank N.V
Evertsentstr 135,1057HL
Attention: Lamberti James
Direct tel. +31-641-865--929
Fax: +31-847-183-535
Furnish them with the following:
(i). your name(s),
(ii) Your telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Your contact address
(iv) Your winning information (including amount won).

Kimberly Aghata
Coordinator: EuroMillions SPE.

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