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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:

Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 01:13:02 +0200
Subject: =?iso-8859-15?Q?Congratulations!!!_You=B4ve_won_US$520,000.00!!!?=

You won $520,000.00! Yahoo! Mail congratulates you!
(Yahoo! Mail) Messenger

YOU WON $520,000.00!

Yahoo Mail! gives their members random cash prizes. Today, your account is randomly selected as one among the 12 top winners to get cash prizes. We hereby inform you that you have won a prize money of (Five Hundred And Twenty Thousand US Dollars) ($520,000.00) for the month of (JUNE-2007). Yahoo Internet Promotion Program is organized by yahoo.messenger every month. YAHOO! collects all the mail id of all the yahoo users online, among the millions that subscribe to the world email we only select twelve people draw every month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner application, We congratulates you for been one of the selected winners for the month of June. All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted monthly.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the commmunities where they have operational base. Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our Spanish representative, as indicated in the electronic balloting and your prize of $520,000.00 USD will be released to you from this regional branch office in Spain. After due verification/confirmation.
These are your identification numbers... Batch number.....................G.S (09445) ES Lotto number.......................L5W220507 Winning Ref. number...................Y-I-L/0011097
To begin your claims, kindly contact the Fudiciary Agent Dr.Barry J. Chessy of GLOBAL SEGURO MADRID S.A on email addresses:- ( [] or [] ) Tel:+34-666-712-069. You are required to forward this office with the following details: 1.FULL NAME2.COUNTRY OF ORIGIN3.PRESENT ADDRESS4.SEX5.DATE OF BIRTH6.AGE 7.OCCUPATION8.EMAIL ADDRESS9.TELEPHONE NUMBER10.FAX NUMBER(IF ANY)11.WINNING NUMBER, BATCH NUMBER AND LOTTO NUMBER.12 THE MONTH YOU WON......13 AMOUNT WON................... NOTE: Do remember to quote your identification numbers in contacting your agent and they will direct you on how to process and claim your winning prize money and for security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from "public notice" until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel. Congratulations once more!! Yours Sincerely, []

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