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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: Sandra Grant <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 10:26:34 -0600

MICROSOFT/EURO MILLIONS SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL. FROM:INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION / PRIZE AWARD DEPT.ESPANA. REFERENCE: 67/80/IPD BATCH: EGGS-541-623-782 We are happy to announce the result of winners of the Microsoft/Euro millions Spanish Lottery International E-mail programs held last week. Your company or your personal e-mail address attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main number 345-790-241-671 drew lucky star numbers 34-32-90-43-32 which consequently won in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of $ .(One Million Dollars). CONGRATULATIONS!!! Selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 1,000,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No ticket were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls within our Afro booklet representative office in united kingdom as indicated in your play coupon. This is to encourage our prominent Microsoft Internet Explorer users all over the world. This is to encourage users to Continues the use of E-mail and non users to try and use emails. Microsoft Electronic Mail Lottery is approved and Licensed by the The International Association of Lotteria ( IAL). And ensure to keep your winning information from the public unitl your winning award is finally credited into your designated account of your choice.(This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained. To claim your winning prize, you should contact the claims office and forward the information below for Processing and remittance of your winning funds to you. 1.Name: ............2.Address: .........3.Marital Status:.......4.Occupation:...........5.Age:.......................6.Sex: .....................7.Nationality: .............8.Country Of Residence:..........9.Telephone Number: ...10.Fax Number: ............11.Email Address:.............12.Batch Numbers:.......... 13.Reference Number above:...........Contact Cliams Office: Barr James Cooker Mobil +44-704-573-5847 EMAIL: Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30days upon the receipt. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your Reference number and Batch numbers in all correspondence with the claims officer. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50 millions Euro International lottery. Sincerely yours, MRS SANDRA GRANT Director Online International Promotions Unit/Lottery Co-ordinator
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