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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 21:02:08 +0200

Dear Sir,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro-Millions Lottery Winners, an International E-mail program held on the 27th April, 2006. And your E-mail address fall to the ticket number 813-502-121-006 with serial main numbers 05--10-17-22-33 with Estrellas numbers 5-7 which consequently won in the 1st category of this program, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of € 6.452.983,00. (Six million four hundred and fifty-two thousand nine hundred and eighty-three Euros). Reference number ESP/0027/5195-EU/06 and your batch number LP-ESP-EU-122/006-MD41.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and the money remitted into your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 companies and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by European countries, and the world's largest software company in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the globe. This promotional program takes place every year.
We hope that, with part of your winning, you will take part in our end of year 150 million Euromillones International lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent: Mr. Carlos Albeto. (CASH CHANGE SECURITAS ESPANA) (Promotion Agent, Leasing, Commission Agent, Sole representative & Security Services) TEL: 34-653 536 799 Email:( for immediate release of your winning prize. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than a week from this day of notification. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members and staff, we say thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Congratulations once again from the EURO MILLONES family.
Alfonso Martinez
International Promotions Manager
L.A.E.- Loterías y Apuestas del Estado - Euro Millones, Spanish Official Lottery Agency

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