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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: "E.M Office" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 04:10:54 +0100
Subject: Award Result Notice 04/12/2008

EuroMillones Loteria S.A
Madrid, España.

Attn: Winner,

Finally today, the result of winners of the EURO MILLONES LOTERIA E-mail program held on the 27th of November 2008 was announced. Your e-mail address attached to a TICKET Number with REFERENCE Number drew STAR No: 00-00-00-00-00 (coded for Security Reasons) which consequently won in the 2ND CATEGORY, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of €975,000.00cents (Nine Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Euro).

The draw was carried out through random sampling (A QUATITATIVE TECHNIQUE) in our computerized email selection programme from a database of over 20,000,000 email addresses drawn from 53 Countries around the World.

The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 45,901 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search system from the internet. As such no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation, identification and privacy purposes.

Electronic Mail Loteria is approved and Licensed by the International Association of Lottery (IAL). Ensure to keep your winning information in confidence until your award is duly processed and claimed, this is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted advantage taking of the situation by other participants or impersonators in some cases.

To begin your claim, you will have to complete a release order form which will be enclosed in the confirmation email from the claim processing agent. Contact the claim agent immediately via email or telephone with the information below:

EuroMillones Loteria-Claim Processing Agent

Sr. Enviado Castano Cruz

Email Address:

Telephone: +34 651 945 543

You are to send the information below to the CLAIM PROCESSING AGENT via email for the confirmation of your winning.

1. Your full names:
2. Your address:
3. Telephone/fax numbers:
4. Occupation/age:
5. Amount won:
6. Reference Number: Not Included For Security Reasons
7. Security File Number: Not Included For Security Reasons
8. Ticket Number: Not Included For Security Reasons
9. Reconfirm Email Address:
10. Date Notified:

Note that all prize money must be claimed within two weeks. Failure to do so your winning amount will be returned to the Ministerio De Economia Y Hacienda as Un-claimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your Security File Number in all correspondence with the Claim Officer.

Yours Sincerely,
Helena Fernado
Loteria Coordinator

- All claims are nullified after 14 working days from today.
- Do inform the claims officer of any change of Names, Address and E-mail.
- All winners under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified.


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