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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: "lottapuestas" <lottapuestas@ekolay.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 18:04:53 +0200
Subject: *****SPAM***** SPANISH INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL AWARD PROMOTION


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Content preview: LOTERIAS Y APUESTAS DEL ESTADO Apartado de coreos 129, =
28085,
Madrid Spain. Tel: 003,461,855,6762 Fax:003,491,101,1783 Attention: Lu=
cky
Winner, Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice the result o=
f SPANISH
INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL AWARD PROMOTION 2007. .We are happy to inform you=
that
your email address have emerged a winner of SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN TH=
OUSAND
EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN EUROS (615,810.00)Euros. Your fund is now deposi=
ted
at security company with insurance policy coverage insured in your E-m=
ail.
NOTE: to file for your claim, please contact your claim Agent company =
below
on email,fax or telephone. foreign services manager Mr. Fednando Gomez=
GRUPO
BILBAO SECURITY COMPANY S.L. HEADOFFICE AVD.de la FLORIDA N=C2=BA 185,=
28023MADRID.
BRANCH OFFICE: PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA N=C2=BA 2, 12OO1 CASTELLON,ESPA=C3=91=
A. Tel: 003,465,336,9102.
Fax:003,462,528,3139. Email : infogrupobilbao@aim.com Find below your =
promotion
date, Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in =
your
correspondence with your claims agent. And also, send them the complet=
e information
listed below, becauese, there is a payment form which the(GRUPO BILBAO=
SECURITY
COMPANY S.L.) we have to fill on your behalf. (Mr. Fednando Gomez) PRO=
MOTION
DATE: 2th Of. NOVEMBER 2007. REFERENCE NUMBER: PAS/34841284397/7LE BAT=
CH
NUMBER: ES/1305/07/EU LUCKY NUMBER: 18-24-28-33-37-45 TICKET NUMBER: 12=
/564/578
SERIAL NUMBER: 7216-05 1. Name in full 2. Address 3. Nationality 4. Ag=
e 5.
Sex 6. Occupation 7. Telephone, Mobile and Fax 8. Present Country 9. A=
mount
won. [...]=20

Content analysis details: (6.7 points, 5.0 required)

pts rule name description
---- ---------------------- ---------------------------------------------=
-----
1.8 SUBJ_ALL_CAPS Subject is all capitals
1.6 MISSING_HEADERS Missing To: header
0.0 HTML_MESSAGE BODY: HTML included in message
1.8 MIME_QP_LONG_LINE RAW: Quoted-printable line longer than 76 cha=
rs
1.0 KAM_LOTTO2 Highly Likely to be a e-Lotto Scam Email
0.5 KAM_LOTTO1 Likely to be a e-Lotto Scam Email

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