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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: "Dr. Smith Gonzalez" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 12:50:11 +0200 (CEST)


The National Lottery
Pol.Lasao, Area Anardi
155, 28090 Madrid. Spain Branch.
(Customer Services)

Ref. # ESM/WIN/008/05/10/MA
Batch. # EULO/2907/444/908/07.


Congratulation on your recent winnings.We acknowledge receipt of your email,we have to inform you that this is real and you are truly a lucky winner of the lump sum of $950,000.00. (Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand Usd.) This programme was design to encourage the use of the Internet in developing nations but presently we are for now involving all the continents in the world. Winners are normally picked from the Internet depending on the usage and also your luck is based on if you are on the Internet when our computer balloting is taking place.

The major computer companies in the world contribute to this programme with little contribution from the United Nations.

Also this programme is cover by the various laws of the Spanish lottery and also of various countries of the European union.It is pertinent to inform you that your winning certificate and your Cheque has been zoned among to be released from our payment here in Europe. The Payment of our winners was grouped into their payment zones. {Europe, ASIA And Africa} through computer balloting and you were zoned to our Europe Office for payment. Our Europe payment office is in Spain and all Winners will be required to notarise their winnings in the zone they were Grouped for payment before their particulars will be approved and their file Will be transferred to our payment finance house,within 72hrs of receipt of your informations if you are able to meet up with our requirements. We would like to know how you want to receive your prize won of $950,000.00. (Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand Usd.)

Choose from the winner's transfer options below and get back as soon as possible for further proceedings.


The options of payment are either of the following below:

1, Direct wire transfer into your account, Here, you will be required by the bank to open an account with them so that your local account can be credited with the prize value and you will be expected to make your direct wire transfer to your designate account.

2, 1. You employ the services of our affiliate courier/diplomatic service to deliver your prize Funds in Cheque to your physical mailing address.

Name of Beneficiary:..................................
Mailing Address:...............................................
Beneficiary Phone Number:.............................................

*Post office or private mail bag unacceptable width='100%'.

Note: if you prefer option two please send to us your correct name so that your cheque can be draw in your name.

Respectfully Submitted,
Dr.Smith Gonzalez.
Direct Phone:+34-646-273-840


For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential untill your claim is processed and your winning Funds remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your Star prize.

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