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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: "casino lotto" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:27:37 +0100
Subject: Final Notice.

>From Information Desk:
Euromillion Casino Promo,
Del Pozuelo Alarocon.

Dear Winner,

We are glad to announce your selection in our Euromillion Casino Promo
draw.You Have Won 150,000,00 Euros. This is a scientific computer game, in which individual email addresses were used. This program is aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket for it.

Your email address attached to Reference. Number: WIN/09/05/2995/DH, drew in the 2nd category,have been approved for the star prize of 150,000,00 EUROS(One Hundred Fifty Thousand Euros).You are advised not to give your winning information to any third party,so as to avoid double claims.

For further inquiry,please contact our approved Agent,with your Name,Telephone number and your Reference Number: WIN/09/05/2995/DH,to:

Contact Email:
Contact Tel: Tel: +34-695-469-737
Contact Person: Mr.Luis Cataldo
Congratulations once again.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Anita Perez (Co-ordinator).

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