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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: Mrs Tonia <>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 19:11:40 +0100



We are pleased to inform you that your EMAIL ADDRESS has been selected as one of the 38 lucky winners in the email lottery programme conducted by the ONCE LOTERIA on the 30th of November, 2006.
The late release of this result was due to difficulties encountered in Sorting out mixed up numbers and email addresses. All 38 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 900,000,000 international and individual/companies E-mail addresses. Your email address emerged alongside with 38 others as a category "6" winner in this year's once
loteria award Draw.
Most recently the foundation set up the NEW HOPE LOTTERY to give out prizes based on the computer balloting system (THEREFORE YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A TICKET TO ENTER FOR IT.YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS A WINNER). As a category " 6" winner, your lucky email addressee was selected by the email computer balloting device, where only email addresses are soughed, from a total number of 900,000,000 international And individual/companies E-mail addresses drawn from all over the globe,
Only thirty-eight winners emerged in this category. Your winning email address has therefore been approved a lump sum Payout of 466,812,79 Euros.(Four Hundred and sixty-six Thousand, Eight hundred and Twelve Euro Seventy-Nine Cent Only ) in cash credited to file REF. ES/04678/SA. This is from a total cash prize 38.000.000 Euro (Thirty eight Million) shared among the international winners in category "6. Below are the particulars attached to your LUCKY WINNING EMAIL?
(i) The file Ref number:ES/04678/SA.
(ii) Result winning numbers: 2-5-0-4-9.
(iii) Email ticket number: 754/22/76.
(iiii) Lotto code number: MAD33964BL.

To immediately claim your prize, contact the claim/paying agent on the
telephone number below.

TEL: 0034-638-163-840.FAX:+34-911-48-99-58

The above claim agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your winning prize (funds) to you. Also note that you are to contact and process your winning prize not later than one month, after this date if you do not contact and process your winning prize, all funds will be
returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.
N.B: Terms and conditions to claim your prize:
1. Please quote your Reference & Batch number, your full name and address, Country, Telephone, mobile, fax number and occupation to your claim agent and most importantly your prove of identification either your international passport or your driver's licence
For proper verification on your lucky winning email prize, you are to Visit our online website page ( ) and indicate the date this email lottery programme draw of the ONCE LOTERIA was held [30th(dia) -11(mes)- 2006(Ano) Premio] and there you will find your result winning number( 2-5-0-4-9 ).
Please verify your information's on the website page before contacting your claims agent.
Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!! . This Promotion programme is sponsored by ONCE LOTERIA TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF INTERNET. All information's have to be kept out of public until your winning Prize of (Six Million Euros ) has been processed fully remitted to you by our accredited pay-point bank; this is to avoid double claim and
Unwarranted abuse of the programme by some participants.
Mrs.Tonia Alicia.
Promotions Manager
Once Lotteries.
This e-mail transmission contains information that is confidential and may be privileged. It is intended only for the addressee(s) named above.
Program Warning!!! Fraudulent emails are circulating that appears to be impersonator using our names and addresses, but are not from the LOTTERY ONLINE PROGRAM PLEASE REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO CUSTOMER CARE/COMPLAINTS DEPT.
Note: Participants below 15 years are automatically disqualified. All e-mail transmission/correspondence are 100% protected by our Secured Socket Layer (SSL) server.
The NLS is an institution under public law. Therefore, the lottery contract is concluded between the lottery participant and the public law institution LOTTERY ONLINE PROGRAM
This e-mail transmission contains information that is confidential and may be privileged. It is intended only for the addressee(s) named above.

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