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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: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 13:28:39 +0200 (MEST)

Securitas Seguridad Espa=C3=B1a S.A.
C/Barbadillo, Sin Numero,
28042 Madrid, Spain
(Admitted 1986)=20

We are pleased to inform you of the result winners of Loterias Interna=
Lottery Programmes held on 23th, July, 2007 from the online Lottery succe=
This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in which email addresses we=
It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users;therefore y=
ou do
not need to buy ticket to enter for it.You have been approve for the star=
of Euros 874,000,00 Euros (Eight Hundred And Seventhy Four Thousand=20
Euros Only).To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed ag=
as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
Dr. Louiz Cruz
Securitas Seguridad Espa=C3=B1a S.A.
C/Barbadillo, Sin Numero,
28042 Madrid, Spain
(Admitted 1986)=20
Ref No.ES/112/56/09/MD
Batch No: WNTO/2791/WD/ES
Lucky No: 31-09-76.49-520
Serial No: MUOTI/36780
Note:You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you
receive your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance=20
to you,This is a protective measure put in place to avoid people=20
applying for your winnig fund,as we have had cases like this before.
The Validity period of the winnings is for 14 working days hence you
are expected to make your claims immediately, any claim not made
before this date will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA=20
Once again congratulations !!!
Best Regards,
Mrs.Laura Jones.
Program Assistant

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