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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: "mutual trust agendar" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 16:58:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?YOUR_E-MAIL_ADRESS_HAS_WON_=A3950,000?=


Winner's ID:

EURO WINNING NOTIFICATIONBatch. Nº: EULO/2907/444/908/06.Ref. Nº: ESC/WIN/008/05/10/MA
Your e-mail adress has won 950,000:00 pounds sterling

We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro Million lottery Award 2007 Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on 10th february,2006.
Your e-mail address attached to the following digit:-(¡) Batch. Nº: EULO/2907/444/908/06.(¡¡) Ticket No: WRNM/SMI/5990(¡¡¡) Lucky No: 10-23-44-72-80(iv) Serial No:MUOTI/82536(v)Ref. Nº: ESC/WIN/008/05/10/MAWON THIS YEAR'S "EURO MILLION LOTTERY"in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of £950,000.00. (Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand pounds sterling) PAYABLE IN CASH.
CONGRATULATIONS !!!Please be aware that the PAYING BANK will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by your fiduciary agent. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning informations confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you.Be informed that the deadline to claim your winning prize is 30th march , the appointed agent with your Full Names, while contacting them do quote your reference, batch and winning numbers aswell as your full name, address and telephone number .We advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel. Note, All winnings must be claimed within 60 days from this notification otherwise the money shall be returned as
"Unclaimed". Congratulations once again on your winnings!!


To claim your price,contact
Mutual Trust AgenciaDr. Manuel
your e-mail adress has brought you this luck,keep on using internet messaging system
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