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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: maik john <maik_john1987@web.de>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 12:41:34 +0200
Subject: ***********CONGRATULATION ************


Sir/Madam,
We wish to congratulate you over your email address success in our computer balloting sweepstake.with Microsoft Award And LA Primitiva Lottery España You have won the sum of 2,500, 000:00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros) in cash credited to file with REFERENCE NUMBER ESP/1245/114L/LOP WINNING NUMBER : 5-11-13-34-35-40 BATCH NUMBERS : TRW/1290/556/WE
To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent below as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings with your full below details.
1) Your Full Name: _________
2) Your Telephone Number:__________
3) Your Mobile Number:________
SECURITD AGENT SA
MR.RONLAND JOHNSON
TEL: +34 664 849 609
Email: securitagent@gmail.com [mailto:securitagent@gmail.com]
Congratulations once again from all our staff. John Maik
Secretary
LA Primitiva



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