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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: "Euros Milliones Board" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 19:28:09 +0200
Subject: Euros Milliones Notification

Attn Web/Internet user!!

This is to notify you that this e-mail address was entered during the Euro Milliones Lottery selection Draw and has won the sum of €750,000.

For claim please contact the below agent for immediate process of your claim; Rememebr to quote these numbers below for verification by the company. REF: ESP/WIN/008/02/10/MA and BATCH: EURO/1007/444/606/09 you should include Your Name, Address, Sex, Age, Occupation, Nationality, Phone Number and Fax Number.

Mr. Patricio carlos (Claim Personnel)
Tel: +34 634-138-556
Fax: +34-911-414-291

Best regards,
Dr. Maria Jose Muyor.
Euro Milliones Lottery

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