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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: Ernesto Bonino<>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 11:05:02 GMT
Subject: Super Complete

=93Ruota di Roma=94 (Wheel of Rome)


You have won,

With the introduction of new types of games, with the ushering in of on-l=
ine technology and with the permits issued under EU law to EU countries t=
o compete for concessions to run games in Italy and on the internet, we a=
re launching our first international program:

=93Ruota di Roma=94 (Wheel of Rome)

We are running a program where instead of bought tickets and numbers in t=
he ballots we use email addresses. All contestants were selected through =
a computer ballot system drawn from email addresses taken from all over t=
he world. You have received this message from SuperenaLotto prize dept. b=
ecause you have visited one of our sponsored sites and have voluntarily g=
iven your email address to receive mails from their sponsors.

=46rom the results of the Wheel of Rome draw that took place on the 21st =
of August 2006. Your E-mail address has come up as one of the winners; yo=
u have therefore won the sum of One Million United States Dollars
(US $1,000,000, 00). This is from a total cash prize of Ten Million Unite=
d States Dollars (USD$10,000,000.00) shared amongst Ten Lucky Winners in =
the Category A+.

This cash prize must be claimed not later than the 7th of september 2006.=
After this date all unclaimed prizes will be declared void. Claimants mu=
st be over 20 years of age. All entries must adhere to the =93Ruota di Ro=
ma=94 (Wheel of Rome) Terms and conditions stated in our official page. T=
o view the terms click on this link:
paste it in your browser.

You must read the terms and conditions and understand them before respond=
ing. After reading the terms and conditions, contact your processing agen=
t to file for your claim under reference number:
Mr. Ernesto Bonino.

You are to quote your winning reference number when responding.

Finally, we call on you to make sure that you save a copy of this mail be=
cause you might be called upon to produce it at anytime.
Congratulations once more from all of us at Superenalotto and thank you f=
or being part of our promotional program.

Via Allesio di Tocqueville 13-20154
Milano, Italy

NOTICE: If you wish to be taken out of this list do not reply to this ma=
il, reply to the agent with the words remove. If you are not the intended=
recipient, you must not, directly or indirectly, use, disclose, distribu=
te, print or copy any part of this message. If you believe you have rece=
ived this message in error, please delete it and all copies of it from yo=
ur system and notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail. Thank you.

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