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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: "anuall prize award 2010" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:34:23 -0800
Subject: Euro Million lottrey Award 2010

Euro Million lottrey Award 2010
Pol.Lasao, Area Anardi
155, 28090 Madrid.
Spain Branch.

Ref. N: ESM/WIN/008/05/10/MA
Batch. N:EULO/2907/444/908/ 2010

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer Balloting
sweepstake held on Jan 14th , 2010.
This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were
used. It is a promotional program aimed to encouraging internet users;
therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.

Your email address attached to ticket star number (45407) with serial number
51622 drew the EUROMILLION lucky numbers 3-18-40-40-76 which
consequently won the draw in the Second category. You have been approve for the
star prize of Eur 950.000.00 (Nine Hundred And Fifty thousand Euros)


You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you Receive your
lump prize in your account oroptional cheque issuance to you.
This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as
we have had cases like this before,

Please send your Full Name, Home and Office Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel
Number and your winning ticket number ,reference numbers and amount won
information for
processing of your winning fund to our registered claim agent in address below:

PayPal Remittance Dept
Dr. Edwin Bekkens
Address: Avda .Del Petroleo 222 Polig
Madrid Spain.
TEL: 0034-672-877-516

Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear affidavits of
lotto claim also remember, all winning must be claimed not later
than 3rd March, 2010. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference
number and batch number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any
change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations. Your email address has brought to you this expected

Mrs. Blanca Fernandez,
(Lottery coordinator ).
Euro Million International.

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