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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: interlink depts <somosinterdepts@web.de>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:01:45 +0100
Subject: Your Email Addres Has Won Award!!!





CONGRATULATION WINNER !!!
Award Prize Dept
Madrid Spain

Dear Beneficiary

We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Euro Millones Lottery International Email Address draw on the 9th of November 2007, due to the mixture of names and address the result was released on the 12th November 2007.

All 10 winning addresses were ran domly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international email addresses. Your email address emerged a longside 9 others as a category 2 winner in the Euro Millones LotteryDraw.Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of Eur 950,000.00(Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euro Only).

The following particulars are attached t o your lotto payment order:

(1) Batch No: EULO/2907/ES/783
(2) Ticket No: TLM/WW S/1089
(3) Lucky No: 07-13-31.54-8921
(4) Serial No: MUH/KL/2349
(5) Ref No: EMJK/WS/MD/2911

The Euro Millones Lottery Program internet draw is held once in a year and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200 Million Euros are wo n annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.

To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as soon as possible for the immedi ate release of your winnings

Mr Raymond Kent
Merit Consults.S.L
Calle Brunol Nº45
P.C 28015 Madrid-Spain
E-mail: meritconsult@yahoo.es [mailto:meritconsult@yahoo.es]
E-mail: meritconsults@aol.com [mailto:meritconsults@aol.com]
Tel:+34 687 134 727

then you will be informed by your ag ent on how your Cashier's Check for the sum w hich has already been deposited with your email contact.We use this opportunity to thank all our Sponsors/Contributo rs of th i s program:He ineken,Sony,master card,Vodafone,play station,Ford. For payment, please do provide with the following informations And send to our Agent via

VERIFICATION FORM

NAME:..................... .......................................
AGE:............................................... .............
SEX:.............................................................
ADDRESS: ........ .............. ..................................
WINNING EMAIL ADDRESS:.................................
TEL.& MOBILE............................................................
OCCUPATION:......................................................
COUNTRY:.........................................................

Please you are advised to complete the form and forward to your a gent for prompt collec tion. You are automatically disqualified if you are below 18 years of age.This E-mail message (including attachments, if any)is intended for the u se of the indivi dual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain Information that is privileged,proprietary,confidential and exempted from disclosure.

Sincerely Yours,

Mrs Betty Rice
PROMOTION CORDINATOR




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