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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: Satellite Software <elprmsatellite24@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <vensergseguros@aim.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 20:36:48 +0200
Subject: You are choosen



EL GORDO PRIMITIVA
INTER SATELLITE SOFTWARE PROMO
SUITE 200 PLAZA CASTILLA
AVDA. DE SOL
www.loterias.com
25/6/07

Dear Winner,
This is to inform you that your TICKET NUMBER: 021-107-166 with SERIAL NUMBER: ELP/8 drew the LUCKY NUMBERS: 4,15,19,38,47 in the 1st Category on this promotion.
Congratulations, you have just won yourself the sum of Eur. 611,487.80 (Six Hundred and Eleven Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty Seven Euros, Eighty Cents only), which is from a total cash Eur. 3,057,439.06 (Three Million, Fifty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Thirty Nine Euros, Six Cents only) that was shared among the 5 Lucky Winners in this category of Satellite Software E-mail Lottery conducted on the 17th of JUNE 2007.

Note that all e-mail addresses were picked randomly by Internet Software powered by above mentioned organization, whereby your email address was amongst those chosen in this quarter; Therefore, you are to contact our Claims Agent for immediate processing and claim.

CLAIMS AGENT
VENSER GRUPO SEGUROS S.LMR. POLDER INIESTATel/Fax+34-652-659-133
Email: vensergseguros@aim.com

You are to forward the following details to our aforementioned Agent to enable him clear your file for immediate payment: 1. Full Names:________________________________________________
2. Address:__________________________________________________
3. Age: ___________ 4. Sex:___________________________________
5. Marital Status:______________ 6. Occupation: _________________
7. Phone numbers: __________________ 8. Fax number:____________
9. Country: ___________________ Nationality:____________________

Yours faithfully,
Tamara R. Fernandez
(Online Coordinator)

N.B: You can confirm your winning by visiting our online result website www.loterias.com and click on EL GORDO LA PRIMITIVA, then click on date of play 17th June 2007 for your prize breakdown.
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