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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:

Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 20:25:50 +0200
Subject: Attention!!! Dear internet user

Dear internet user,

We wish to congratulate you over your email address [ ] success in our computer Balloting.
This is a Millennium Scientific Electronic Computer Games in which email addresses were

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000
company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses from all over the world. It is a
promotional program aimed at encouraging intern et users; therefore you do not need
to buy ticket to enter for it.

This email address drew and have won the sum of 750,000 Euros ( Seven Hundred and
Fifty Thousand Euros) in cash cr edited to file with REFERENCE NUMBER: ESP/WIN/008/06/10/MA;
WINNING NUMBER : 14-17-24-34-37-45-16 BATCH NUMBERS : EULO/1007/444/606/08; SERIAL
NUMBER: 45327 WINNER EMAIL: and PROMOTION DATE: 23th June. 2009.

To claim your winning prize, you are to cont act the appointed agent below as soon as
possible for the immediate release of your winnings with the below details.

1) Full Name:
2) Nationality:
3) Occupation:
4) Sex/age:
5) Address:
7) Telephone Number:
8) Mobile Number:
9) Fax Number (If available)

TEL: +34 634-138-556
Email: or

Congratulations once again from all our staff.

Mrs Hector Palmira. (Secretary)
Euro Milliones Board.
Madrid, 11th July. 2009.

This email is confidential and is intended solely for the person or Entity that own this
email address [ ]. If you have received this message in error, we
inform you that the content in it is reserved and unauthorized use is prohibited by law,
therefore, please, please notify us by e-mail.

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