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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: "elgordo1" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 14:56:30 -0600

C\ Don Jaime I nº11 2º
50.003 Zaragoza

Ref: EAASL/941OYI/02
Batch: 12/25/0034

Dear Lucky Winner,


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA HIGH-STAKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM.

The online Cyber Lotto Email draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 500,000 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of twelve winners in the first category with the following data

Ref Number: EAASL/941OYI/02
Batch Number: 12/25/0034
Ticket Number: 564 75600545 188

You as well as the other winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of USD$1,500,000 (ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS) each from the total payout.
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.

To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent/security company for first category winners with the information below:

Mr. Walter Cook,
For Kate Henshaw
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release Order Dept.
Atlantico Sistemas de Informático
Phone: Tel:+447031840772
Fax: +44870 068 6281

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed within 20 days from today. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence with your claims agent.
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).

Members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this program.

Thank you and congratulations!!!
Yours faithfully,
Smith Carpenter.
Games/Lottery Coordinator.

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