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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 MILLIONES LOTTO." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 21:54:38 +0100
Subject: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WON YOU €615,810.00 EUROS!!!

Dear winner,
You have every reason to be happy, because you are one of the
selected winners of EURO MILLIONES MAIL Xplosive promotion,held on the 16th of February. in Madrid, Spain.
Your email address has won you a prize money of €615,810.00(Six Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten Euros)
EURO. Do note that this was done randomly, and your email address emerged as one of
the lucky winners, congrats !
Claims agent: Dr.Martins Fernando
Tel:+34 672 509 598
For further information on how to collect your prize money,
do send an email to claims agent containing your;
Full name:
Contact Address:
Fax Number:
Payment options: (Cheque or Bank Transfer)
Also a copy of this email message and your personal identification number. P.I.D.N:(ESx/1.08WSTpCL)
Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly out of public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program.
Maria Boris.

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