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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: "EMAIL BALLOT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <miroworldcenter@yahoo.es>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2010 14:06:59 +0100
Subject: YOUR EMAIL ID HAS WON!!


EUROMILLION LOTTERY INTL. PROGRAM
FOREIGN SERVICE SECTION BARCELONA.
REFERENCE NUMBER: KFKW/KDEA
BATCH NUMBER: 2010/198 /XIM


OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION.

We are pleased to inform you of the released results of the Euro Millions Corporations
Sweepstakes Promotion in conjunction with foundations for the promotion of software
products organized for Software users.

This Program was held on 8th January, 2010, in Barcelona- Spain.
Wherein your email address emerged as one of the online Winning emails in the
1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of EUR475.000.00 (FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND EUROS) and a Compaq laptop. Your laptop, certificate of
winnings and your cheque of (EUR475.000.00) will be sent to your contact address
in your location.

Please take note, lucky winners will pay for their courier services delivery.
Euro Millions corporations only provides lucky winners with a laptop and the sum of
(EUR475.000.00 Euros) only. To file for claims of the release of your winnings,
Contact the Customer Service Officer with the information below:

1.FULL NAMES:
2.ADDRESS:
3.SEX:
4.AGE:
5.MARITAL STATUS:
6.OCCUPATION:
7.TELEPHONE NUMBER:
8.COUNTRY
9)BATCH NUMBER
10) REFERENCE NUMBER

Email: manuelborsl@gmail.com
Tel/Fax: +34 693 572 631
Contact Person: Manuel Borreria [CSO]

This Email Lottery is sponsored by Software development firms a
Software Engineering Resource Consortium Companies.
This internet E-mail draw is held periodically and is organized to encourage
the use of the Internet products and promote computer literacy worldwide.

Congratulations!!

Sincerely,
Mrs.Eva Lopez
Online Coordinator

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