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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: "Mr.Antonio Gonzalez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:26:21 +0100
Subject: PLS CALL+34-672-593-808

Attn User!!

This is to notify you that this e-mail address was entered during the PayPal European selection Draw and has
won the sum of EUR1.000.000.00 (One Million Euro Only) For claim please contact the below company for
immediate process of your claim; Remember to quote these numbers below for verification by the company. REF: (ES07-84-09-00-221) and BATCH :( EU-175508) you should include Your Name,
Address, Sex, Age, Occupation, Nationality, Phone Number

Company: Reale Seguros Generales, S.A
Dr.Joel Paco (Claim Director)
Tel: +34-672-593-808 .


Mr. Antonio Gonzalez
PayPal Europe Coordinator.

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