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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: "MRS.JULIA ANDERSON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 08:43:52 +0200
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Dear Beneficiary,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro Milliones Lottery Winners International programs held on the 25th August, 2010. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 220982217413-7240 with batch number 34708-325 reference number 3-34-28-13-41,you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of 550,000,00 (five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro) CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, 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.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years. To file for your claim, please contact our claim agent.

Contact person Mr Antonio Mena.
Contact Tel: +34 603 109 740

Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.

Congratulations once more from the members of Euro Milliones Lottery staffs.

Sincerely yours,

Lottery Coordinator.

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