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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: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 09:11:04 +0000
Subject: To whom it may concern.

To whom it may concern.

We would like to notify you that you have been chosen by the board of trustees
as one of the final recipients of a cash Grant/Donation for your own personal
development, educational, and business development organized by The Fondazione
Di Vittorio.

The Fondazione Di Vittorio, established 1977 by the Multi-Million groups and
now supported by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS),
United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union (EU) was conceived
with the objective of human growth, educational,and community development. At
least 15% of the awarded funds should be used by you to develop a part of your
environment. This is a yearly program, which is a measure of universal
development strategy.

Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of
supermarket cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky
recipients to receive the award sum of US$500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the Vittorio Foundation,
ECOWAS, EU and the UNO in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.

For further details and information on how to receive your grant, Please
contact the Executive Secretary

Executive Secretary
Mrs.Angela Parrinelo

Good Luck

Mr. Carlos Gianlucci.

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