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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 18:19:17 +0200
Subject: Special Email Award Notification.

Special Notification.

Dear Internet User, We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged winner of (EUR 750,000) in Europe Lottery Award.

The online cyber draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 500,000 email addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random online selection from the web. No tickets were sold.

Your email address is attached t o Ref No: ESM/WIN/008/05/10/MA & Batch No:EULO/2907/444/ 908/06; Serial No: 45407; and PROMOTION DATE: 16th July. 2009.

Bear in mind that prizes will strictly be remitted to winners that officially file in for their claim within the given time frame.

To begin your claim, you are to forward this message to our accredited claim agent including your fulnames and telephone numbers.

Contact Person: Mr.Dino Alfonso
Tel: +34-693-362-062
Fax: +34-911-820-312

Your prize award has been insured with your email address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the requirement of the gaming board authority which includes your statutory obligations.

Best Regards,
Mrs. F. Transofa
(Lottery co-ordinator).
Madrid, 18th July 2009

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