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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: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 20:45:35 +0000
Subject: To whom it may concern.

To whom it may concern.

The Foundazion di Vittorio, would like to notify you
that you have been chosen by the board of trustees as
one of the final recipients of a cash Grant/Donation
for your own personal, educational, and business
development. The Fondazione Di Vittorio, established
1977 by the Multi-Million groups and now supported by
the Economic Community for West African States
(ECOWAS), United Nations Organization (UNO) and the
European Union (EU) was conceived with the objective
of human growth, educational,and community
development,To celebrate the 28th anniversary program,
The Vittorio Foundation in conjunction with the
Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS),
United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European
Union (EU) is giving out a yearly donation of One
Hundred Million United States Dollars.These specific
Donations/Grants will be awarded to 100 lucky
international recipients worldwide; in different
categories for their personal business development and
enhancement of their educationalplans. At least 15% of
the awarded funds should be used by you to develop a
part of your environment. This is a yearly program,
which is a measure of universal development strategy.

Based on the random selection exercise of internet
websites and millions of supermarket cash invoices
worldwide, you were selected among the lucky
recipients to receive the award sum of US$500,000
(Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as
charity donations/aid from the Vittorio Foundation,
ECOWAS, EU and the UNO in accordance with the enabling
act of Parliament. Note that all beneficiaries email
addresses were selected randomly from over 100,000
internet websites or a shop's cash
invoice around your area in which you might have
purchased something from).

For further details on how to receive your grant,
Please contact the Executive Secretary Executive

Mrs.Angela Parrinelo

Good Luck

Mr. Carlos Gianlucci.
(Special Announcer)

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