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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: "CLAIM INFORMATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <nationaltrusi101@aim.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 15:39:08 +0200
Subject: YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY AWARD 2009

Euro Million lottrey award 2009.
Pol.Lasao, Area Anardi
155, 28090 Madrid.
Spain Branch.

Ref. N?: ESM/WIN/008/05/10/MA
Batch. N?: EULO/2907/444/908/08.

YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY AWARD 2009

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 16th June, 2009. This is a millennium
scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a
promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do
not need to buy ticket to enter for it.Your email address attached to
Ticket No:WRNM/SMI/5990 with Serial No:MUOTI/82536 drew the
EUROMILLIONLucky No:10-23-44-72-80 which consequently won the
draw in the Secondcategory. You have been approve for the star
prizeof USD$1.7M(ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND
UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY)

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive
your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to
you.This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may
tell as we have had cases like this before, please send your Full
Name,Home and Office Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning
ticket number, reference numbers and amount won information for
processing of your winning fund to our registered claim agent in address
below:

DR.PAULY ULRICH
NATIONAL TRUST AGENCYE ESPANA
Avda .Del Petroleo 222Polig
Madrid Spain.
E-mail:nationaltrusi101@aim.com
Tel:+34-634-155-567

Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear affidavits
of lotto claim also remember, all winning must be claimed not later than
15th of July 2009. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in
all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do
inform our agent as soon as possible. Once again congratulations.
Your email adress has brougt to you this unexpected luck.
CONGRATULATIONS,

O NCE MORE FROM THE ENTIRE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF MICROSOFT
COOPERATION TO ALL OUR LUCKY WINNERS THIS YEAR. THANK YOU FOR
BEING PART OF THIS PROMOTIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM. OUR SPECIAL THANKS
AND GRATITUDE TO BILL GATE OF MICROSOFT AND ALL HIS ASSOCIATES FOR
ALLEVIATING POVERTY ROUND THE WORLD.SINCERELY,

Mrs.Blanca Fernandez
(Lottery coordinator

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