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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: tony peter <tony6669@hotmail.fr>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:20:10 +0200
Subject: LOTERIA NACIONAL AWARD 2007



LOTERIA NACIONAL AWARD 2007Paseo De La castellana 12, 3A28821 Madrid Spain.Reference Numbers: ES/213/11/08/MADBatch Numbers: NDWL/9781/LN/ESYOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THIS YEAR LOTTERY.Sir/MadamWe wish to congratulate you over your email success inour computerballoting sweepstake Lottery held Saturday 12thNovember, 2007.This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in whichemail addresseswere used.It is a promotional program aimed at encouraginginternet users;Therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter forit.You have been approve for the star prize of (EUR1,000000:00) OneMillion Euros Only .To claim your winning prize you are to contact theappointed claimagent as soon as possible for the immediate release ofyour winningswith the following informations below:Full Name:...................................Contact Address:..................................Country:..........................................TelephoneNo/code:......................................Occupation:.......................................Sex:..............................................Age:..............................................Reference Numbers: ES/213/11/08/MADBatch Numbers: NDWL/9781/LN/ESLucky Numbers: 4-11-21-27-40-49Serial Numbers: LN/102/SPConsequently, You are require to quote your winninginformation in allyour correspondence emails with your claim agent.We hope with part of your winning, you will take partin our nextyear Thirty Million Euros lnternational lottery.To file for your claim, Please contact Loterias claimDepartmentUK.Contact Person: Sanchez Eduardo.PHONE: Tel:+44 7031836645E-MAIL:kevin_mark0k@yahoo.comNote:You are advised to keep this winning veryconfidential until youreceive your lump prize in your account or optionalcheque issuance toyou. This is a protective measure put in place toavoid people applyingfor your winnig fund as we have had cases like thisbefore.Best RegardsMr.Wilfred EnriqueLottery Director.
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