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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: "EURO NOTIFICATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 13:19:59 +0200
Subject: Euro Million lottrey award 2009.

Euro Million lottrey award 2009.
Pol.Lasao, Area Anardi
155, 28090 Madrid.
Spain Branch.

Ref. N: ESM/WIN/008/05/10/MA
Batch. N:EULO/2907/444/908/09

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
Balloting sweepstake held on May 16th, 2009. This is a millennium
scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a
promotional program aimed to encouraging internet users;therefore you do not
need to buy ticket to enter for it.

Your email address attached to ticket star number (45407) with serial number
51622 drew the EUROMILLION lucky numbers 3-18-40-40-76 which consequently
won the draw in the Second category. You have been approve for the star
prize of $1.7M (One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars Only).


You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you Receive
your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you.This is a
protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as we
have had cases like this before, Please send your Full Name, Home and Office
Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning ticket number
,reference numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning
fund to our registered claim agent in address below:

Apex Trust Agency
Dr. Pauly Ulrich
Address: Avda .Del Petroleo 222, Polig
Madrid Spain.
TEL: +34-634162345

Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear affidavits of
lotto claim also remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 10th
June, 2009. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in
all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do
inform our agent as soon as possible.

Once again congratulations. Your email address has brought to you this
expected luck.

Mrs. Blanca Fernandez,
(Lottery coordinator ).
Euro Million International.

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