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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: "Newsletter" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 17:13:40 +0200
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Sir/Madam,
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in  our computer Balloting .This is a Millennium Scientific  Electronic Computer Games in which email addresses were used. 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 internet  users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.

Your 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/008/05/10/MA  WINNING NUMBER : 14-17-24-34-37-45-16   BATCH NUMBERS : EULO/1007/444/606/08; SERIAL NUMBER: 45327 and PROMOTION DATE: 10th May. 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) Your Full Name:
2) Your Telephone Number:
3) Your Mobile Number:
4) Fax Number (If available)

Contact Person: Mr. Paul Herold. ( Foreign Operations Manager )
Tel: 0034-665-985-717
Email:  or 
Congratulations once again from all our staff. 
Mrs Hector Palmira. (Secretary)
Euro Milliones Board.

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