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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: "Mrs Rosemary Sanchez." <>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:35:20 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Batch Nr:

Batch Nr:
We wish to inform you that your email address won 550, 000, 00 Euros in
euro milliones International Award Prize promotion held on the 10th
December 2009.To claim your award contact.

Contact person Mr Alexandro Rabasa.
Contact Tel:+34 603 109 740
Batch Nr: 4998 Ticket Nr: 8985 Ref Nr: XA 8402
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Rosemary Sanchez.

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