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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: machine motor <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 14:14:50 +0100

Securitas Seguridad España S.A.
C/Barbadillo, Sin Numero,
28042 Madrid, Spain
(Admitted 1986)

Dear Winner,
We happily announce to you the Draw of the E-mail Loterias International
held on the 20th December,2007.Your E-mail Address attached to:
Ref Number :ES/112/56/09/MD,Batch No: WNTO/2791/WD/ES
Lucky No:31-09-76.49-520,Serial No: MUOTI/36780.
Was picked at random from our computer system online Lottery
You have been approve for the star prize of Euros 874,000,00 Euros
(Eight Hundred And Seventhy Four Thousand Euros Only).
To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent for the
immediate release of your Fund:

Dr. Louiz Cruz
Securitas Seguridad España S.A.
Note: Validity period of the winnings is for 21 working days.
congratulations !!! from our entire Staffs.

Mrs.Laura Jones.
Program Assistant

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