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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: info mail <mailpromdept5226@web.de>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:14:35 +0100
Subject: Contact Our Fiducial Agent





Dear Sir/Madam.

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 12th, Nov,2007.This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional programaimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. You have been approved for the star prize of US $950,000:00(Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand United State Dollars Only).

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

E-mail:- duroagencia@aim.com [mailto:duroagencia@aim.com]
E-mail:- duroagencia@gmail.com [mailto:duroagencia@gmail.com]
Contact Person: MR.MIGUEL FERNANDO

(I) Batch No: BCA/0 2 2/CAC
( ii)Ticket No: 197-033-02345
(iii)Lucky No: 04-6-8-12-24
(iv) Ref No: MTD/SAN/9500/LAS.

You must contact the appointed agent with your Full Names, Contact Telephone Numbers (Home,Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number) via email to process the immediate payment of your prize.

Fill the Claim form correctly:
Your full name:-
Nationality: -
Address:-
Sex:-
Date of birth:-
Occupation: -
Telephone number/Fax:-
Lottery Date:-

The Validity period of the winnings is for 30 working days hence you are expected to make your claims immediately.

Once again congratulations !!!
Best Regards,
Mrs,Emilo Sanchez.





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