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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: "Euro Miliones Lottery" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 05:23:24 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Dear Beneficiary,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro Miliones Lottery
Winners International programs held on the 12th Dec,2009. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 220982217413-7240 with batch number
34708-325 reference number 3-34-28-13-41 which consequently won in the 1st
category,you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of 550,000,00
(five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro) CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has been processed and your
money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
participants.All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program
takes place every three years. To file for your claim, please contact our

Contact person Mr Javier Lopez.
Contact Tel:+34 603 109 740

Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do
inform our agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more from the members of Euro Miliones Lottery staffs
and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Sincerely yours,

Lottery Coordinator.

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