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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: EURO-MILLION INTERNATIONAL AWARD PROMOTIONS. <euromillion34@aim.com>
Reply-To: infoactivaseg@aim.com
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 13:07:14 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE WON.


EURO-MILLIONES.
INTERNATIONAL AWARD PROMOTIONS.
LEGANITOS 47-PZA DE ESPAÑA,28013.MADRID-SPAIN.
20/03/2008.

WINNING NOTIFICATION.
Dear Winner,
The Management and Staffs of the Euro Million Lottery Board wish to congratulate you over your email success in the just concluded Euro Million Spanish Lottery Email promotions program held on Friday the 14th Of March 2008.

All email addresses used in this promotion were presented by our International Marketing Department and the draw was conducted via Computer Programmed Selection System in which your email address won in the 2nd Category with the following information: Ticket No: 10-12-24-25-41, with Serial No: 3-5, thereby winning the sum of 712,880.00 {Seven Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Euros Only} Congratulations.

Due to mix up of some Email addresses, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claim have been processed and your money remitted to you, as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims. This promotion takes place every Friday of the week.

To begin your claim, you are to submit your Application Form to our Registered Claim Agent, who shall assist you to process and facilitate the transfer of your winnings fund on your behalf, with the below contact details:

Activa Security & Finance Company, Madrid-Spain.
Contact Person: Mr.Axton Alroy Corliss.
TEL:0034-692-563-575.
Email: activaseguridad@aim.com
Email: infoactivaseg@aim.com

NOTE: Your Winning Prize is already insured with your Email address,which protects your winning prize from any deduction or loss of your fund as you are entitled to receive your complete winning prize of 712,880.00 {Seven Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Euros) as the rightful beneficiary/winner in this promotion.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 3weeks (21days) on receipt of this notification. After this date all unclaimed prize will be included in the next stake, and declared unclaimed.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your winning email, ticket and serial numbers in all correspondence with us or your agent.

YOU ARE TO COMPLETE THE BELOW APPLICATION FORM AND FORWARD IT TO YOUR AGENT, THROUGH THIS EMAILS:activaseguridad@aim.com OR infoactivaseg@aim.com INORDER TO ENABLE THEM COMMENCE WITH THE PROCESSING OF YOUR WINNING FUNDS.

1) FULL NAMES:________________________________
2) CONTACT ADDRESS:___________________________
3) CITY/STATE:________________________________
4) COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:_____________________
5) NATIONALITY:________________________________
6) OCCUPATION:_______________________________
7) SEX:____________________AGE:_______________
8) MARITAL STATUS:_____________________________
9) TELEPHONE NUMBER:__________________________
10) MOBILE NUMBER:_____________________________
11) FAX NUMBER:_______________________________
12) AMOUNT WON:_____________________________
13) TICKET NUMBER Nº:_____________SERIAL Nº:__________
14) WINNING EMAIL:____________________
15).ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS IF ANY: _____________

Congratulations from all members and staffs of Euro Million Lottery Board.

Sincerely,
Mrs.Eva Rodriguez.
(Head of Operations).
...............................................................................................
NOTE: The first jackpot was worth 15 million Euros. The highest has been over 183,000,000 euros, which was won by three people. The largest single winner was Delores McNamara who won 115.6 million ($139,000,000 or £77,000,000).

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