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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 MILLION LOTTERY" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 23:32:08 +0530 (IST)
Subject: You are a winner.

You are a winner.
We wish to inform you that your email address has won 550,000,00 Euros in
euro milliones International Award promotion held on the 23rd April
2010.To claim your award, contact the claim agent on the contact
informations stated below.

Contact person Mr Javier Lopez.
Contact Tel:+34 603 109 740
Batch Nr: 856, Ticket Nr: 756, Ref Nr: XA 642

For security reasons,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.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Rosemary Sanchez.

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