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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: "Maria Sanchez." <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 17:57:08 +0100
Subject: SUCCESS


We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the email lottery programme draw of the EURO MILLIONS held on the 10th of febuary,2006. The late release of this result was due to difficulties encountered in sorting out mixed up numbers and email addresses.All 10 winning addresses was randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails Your email address emerged alongside with 10 others as a category "B " winner in this year's euro millions award Draw.

Most recently the foundation set up the NEW HOPE LOTTERY to give out prizes based on the computer ballot system(THEREFORE YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A TICKET TO ENTER FOR IT.YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS A WINNER).

Consequently,you have therefore been approved a MEGA JACK POT of 964.812,79 Euros (Nine hundred and sixty-four thousand, eight hundred and twelve euro,seventy-nine cent)only .The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

(i)the file Ref number: EF/92829202
(ii)Result winning numbers:8-16-19-43-45-1-4
(iii)Email ticket number:854/22/75

To immediately claim your prize,contact the claim/paying agent on the telephone number below.


The above claim agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your prize funds to you,note that not later than one week After this date if you do not contact and process your winning prize, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.

N.B:Terms and conditions to claim your prize:
1.Please quote your Reference number,your full name and address,Country, Telephone,mobile,fax number and occupation to your calim agent.
2.Your winning prize is not deductable until your winnings has been processed,approved and transfered to you by your claim agent above.

For verification on your lucky winning prize,you are to visit our online site( and indicate the date this email lottery programme draw of the EURO MILLIONS was held (10th of febuary 2006)and there you will find your result winning number.

Once again on behalf of all our staff,CONGRATULATIONS!!!.This promotion programm is sponsored by euro millions to encourage the use of internet.All informations have to be kept out of public until you have received your winning prize,this is to avoid double claim and unwarranted abuse of the programme by some participants.

Maria Sanchez.
Promotions Manager
Euro Millions

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