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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: "Dr. Alexis Calderon" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 07:26:11 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Congratulations

We wish to congratulate you over your email address success in our
computer balloting This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in which
email addresses were used.All participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000
individual email addresses from all over the world. It is a promotional
program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to
buy ticket to enter for it and your email address drewYou have won the sum
of 1,200,000,00 (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Euros) in cash credited
to file with Ref: ESP/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
Lucky Numbers: 05,06,17,20,28,42(Bonus33)

To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent below
as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings with your
full below details.
1) Your Full Name: _________
2) Your Telephone Number:__________
3) Your Mobile Number:________
Dr. Alexis Calderon
TEL: +34 688 262 296
Congratulations once again from all our staff.
Evita Munitis
LA Primitiva

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