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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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Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 16:44:58 +0200 (MEST)

TICKET NUMBER:A-641983994472

Certified Winner ,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of the LOTTERIA INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS. PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT draws was conducted on the 120th of August 2007 from an exclusive list of 100,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automatic random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our international promotions program which we conduct every year to encourage internet users.
After this automatic computer ballot, your e-mail address attached to serial number 25-6565 drew the lucky numbers 6-14-18-20-33-39 which consequently emerged you as one of first twenty five (25) lucky winners in this category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand EURO) in cash credited to file LR/19-CH/4310. This is from a total cash prize of 10,000,000.00 (Ten Million) Euro shared amongst the first twenty Five (25) lucky winners in this category.

This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for LOTTERIA INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS. The estimated 10 million Euro jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in Europe history. The biggest was the 163 million Euro jackpot that went to two winners in a Febuary 2000 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.Your fund is now deposited with our paying agent with a high insurance policy.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence with your paying Agent .Also give them the following informations:-

Full Name and Address
Telephone numbers and fax
Number: AD/MC841347/ES23
BATCH No: AD/319256/LIP.


To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent( Prime Vault & Finance Service S:A,) as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings with the above information:
Prime Vault & Finance Service S.A
C/ SAN-alvaro 28076,MADRID-SPAIN

Your claims agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your winning prize into your designated bank account.Note that all winning funds must be claimed not later than One month. After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor to quote your Reference and Batch numbers in every correspondence with your agent.
Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again from all our staffs, and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Yours Sincerely,


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