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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 15:01:04 +0200
Subject: E-mail award winning notification

Av. Comunidad de Madrid,
37-41, Las Rozas
28008 Madrid,


We happily announce to you the draw of the EUROMILLION LOTTERY e-mail online
Sweepstakes International program held 24th June 2005. Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number 6-8-14-15-45 drew the lucky star number: (7-8)
Bonus Ball which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of ?471,893.52 (Four
Hundred and Seventy One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Nighty Three Euros. Fifty
Two cent) in cash credited to file Ref: Nº: ESP/008306/05 and Batch Nº:
06/05/ZY369 .

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000
unions,associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion
takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within
our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your
play coupon. In view of this, your ?471,893.52 (Four hundred and Seventy
One thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety Three Euros) would be released to
you by our registered claim agent.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as your contact is received. For security reasons,
you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your
claim is processed and your money remitted to you in what ever manner you
deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, please be warned.

To file your claim, please contact our registered claims agent:

Mr. Joan Xavi.
204 Av. Paral de vaga,
08015, Barcelona.
Please, note that winning prize must be claimed within three weeks of this
notification, after this period all unclaimed funds will be included in the
next stake. Remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondence
with your claim agent.
Once again congratulations from all our members and staff of EUROMILLION

Yours sincerely,
Online coordinator for EUROMILLION ESPAÑOL S.L.,
Sweepstakes International Program.


Book yourself something to look forward to in 2005.
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Book yourself something to look forward to in 2005.
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