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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:09:35 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your Email Won The Prize

Your Email Won The Prize
The Spanish Hotball Lotto
BATCH #: MEG-749-873-439
Being officially assigned to select winners across the globe, the
management is pleased to inform you of the result of the Hot Lotto Spanish
Lottery Winners International E-mail programs held on the 29th September,2008
and result was released on the 15th October,2008. Your E-mail address
attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main number
528-127-196 drew lucky star numbers 25-78-54-36-49 which consequently won
in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay
out of EUR1.500.000.00 Euros, with REFERENCE No.:87/825/TRH and BATCH #:
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims have been processed and your
money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from all over the world.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Software companies in order to
enhance and
promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the
To file for your claim, please contact our foreign service manager:
Mr Louis E. Greg
Tel: 34 657 548 514
Foreign Service Manager
Congratulations from our members of staff for
being part of our
promotional program.
Carmen Rodriguez
International Online Co-ordinator

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