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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: "PROMOTION DEPARTMENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <seatautos2010@ozu.es>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:57:09 +0200
Subject: CLAIM YOUR PRIZE NOW.....

SEAT AUTO EMOCION PROMOTION
THE INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS
PROMOTION DEPARTMENT
www.seat.es
Madrid, Spain .
Reference Number: SEAT/WIN/1009/144/10/SE
Serial Number: SEAT/556543450906
!!!CONGRATULATION ON YOUR STAR PRIZES!!!
The Board of Directors, members of staff and the International Awareness Promotion Department of the Seat Auto Emocion Company, wishes to congratulate you on your success as the STAR PRIZE WINNER in this years' SEAT Auto Emocion International Awareness Promotion (IAP) held in March, 2010,in Spain.
It is a promotional program aimed at promoting SEAT NEW AUTO CAR SERIES to the world market. While participants were selected through random selection in our Computerized Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.) from a database of over4,000,000 names/email addresses of individual and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand.
Your email address emerges a proud winner under the Second Category with a  Star Cash Prize of Five Hundred And Fifty Thousand (550,000) Euros.
This is the first promotional program for the year 2010.It is absolutely the biggest bonanza in this year stakes. For you to collect your prizes, kindly fill the verification form below and send it to the Claims Coordinator through email or by fax.
Claims Coordinator:
Mr. Jose Luis Miguel
SEAT CLAIMS DEPARTMENT
EMAIL: seatautos2010@ozu.es
PHONE NUMBER: +34-634-144-75
FAX NUMBER:+34-960-000-372
VERIFICATION FORM:
 
1.) FULL NAME:
2.) AGE:
3.) SEX:
4.) ADDRESS:
5.) ZIP/POSTAL CODE:
6.) STATE/PROVINCE:
7.) COUNTRY:
8.) PHONE:
9.) OCCUPATION/POSITION:
10.) COMPANY:
11.) EMAIL ADDRESS:
12.) TICKET NUMBER:
13.) SERIAL NUMBER:
 
Congratulations once more,and keep trusting Seat Auto Emocion for top quality auto Car.
Note: You are advised to keep your winning information confidential to yourself any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winner will result to disqualification
 
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS PROMOTIONS,
SEAT AUTO EMOCION.
MADRID SPAIN .
 
THE SEAT INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS PROMOTION
COPYRIGHT 2010. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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