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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: euroaward euroaward <euroaward1982@web.de>
Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 23:13:58 +0200
Subject: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION.


Ref: ES/9420X/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 30th,May 2008 from the EuroMillions International Lottery. Your e-mail was attached to ticket number 1110008342, serial number 6028808.Your Email have won the Sum of 787.000.00(Seven Hundred And Eighty Seven Thousand Euros.)

lucky numbers: (1) (4) (16) (37) (39) (40)( bonus no.35)

Send the below information to Assigned Claim Agent. ECO SECURITY COMPANY S.A Mr Don Mac Lupez
Email: infoecosecurity2008@gmail.com
Claims Requirements:
1.Full name:
2.Home Address:
3.Age:
4.Sex:
5.Occupation6.Marital Status:
7.Phone Number:
8.Fax Number9.Nationality
10.Country Of Residence.

MODE OF PAYMENT:
Bank Transfer.
Cheque.
Sincerely,
Maria E. Cañada
coordinator. Referenz: ES/9420X/68
Charge: 074/05/ZY369
Wir freuen uns, informieren Sie über Ihren Preis Release am 30th. MAI 2008 von der Internationalen Lotterie EuroMillionen. Ihre E-Mail wurde an Ticket-Nummer 1110008342, Seriennummer 6028808.Your E-Mail gewonnen haben die Summe von 787.000.00 (siebenhundert und achtzig sieben tausend Euro.)

Glück-Nummern: (1) (4) (16) (37) (39) (40) (Bonus Nr. 35)

Senden Sie die Informationen unten auf zugeordnete Claim Agent. ECO-Sicherheitsfirma S.A Herr Don Mac Lupez
E-Mail: infoecosecurity2008@gmail.com Patentansprüche Anforderungen:
1.vollständiger Nummer2. MITTE NUMMER
3.Alter
4.Geschlecht:
5.Beruf6.Marital Zustand:
7.Phone Nummer:
8.Fax Nummer 9.Staatsangehörigkeit
10.Country des Wohnsitzes.

Art der Bezahlung:
Banküberweisung.
Scheck.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Maria E. Cañada
Koordinator.



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