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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, 19 Feb 2007 18:54:34 +0100 (MET)




Loteria del Rosario Romano N°19 Planta 28014 Madrid, Spain.

Ref: Nº: NL/BC7765468/WW14
Batch Nº: NM/896161/WOP

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today winner of the INT´L LOTTO COMMISION PROGRAM Spain.held on 27th January 2007.Your Company or your personal e-mail address is attached to winning number 20-01-2005-02MSW, with serial number S/N-00168 drew the lucky numbers 887-13-865-37-10-83, and consequently won in the first lottery category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Five Hundred Thousand EUROS (500,000.00) in cash credited to file REF NO: NL/BC7765468/WW14 and Coupon NO.NM/896161/WOP

This is from total prize money of 10,687,000 EUROS, shared among the international winners in this category.

All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system drawn form 21,000 names, 3,000 names from each continent, as part of International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, which is conducted once in every four years for our prominent MS WORD user all over the world, and for the continues use of E-mail.

Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account with our affiliate Bank here in SPAIN, and insured with your REF NO: NL/BC7765468/WW14 and your E-mail address.

You are to keep your ref. number and coupon number from the public, until you have been processed and your money remitted to your personal account. We hope with your prize, you will be happy to promote the use of E-mail and the use of MS WORD.

To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims department by email or call for processing and remittance of your prize money to you. Your assigned claims Director Contact is:

Mr Jose Gonzalez.
Loteria del Rosario Romano N°19 Planta 28014 Madrid,
TEL: +34-653 462 647
FAX: +34-940 467 113

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and coupon numbers in all correspondences with your claims director.


Mrs.Rita Graham


NB: All response should be mail to De Award Department:

Sweepstakes International Program.

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