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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: "Odd Vorhaug" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:43:41 +0200
Subject: VS: [SPAM]: Attention Email ID User !!!!

-----Opprinnelig melding-----
Fra: Loteria Nacional []
Sendt: 8. september 2010 22:56
Til: undisclosed-recipients:
Emne: [SPAM]: Attention Email ID User !!!!

Attention Email ID User,

We happily announce to you the draw of the Loteria Nacional Special Global
2010 Promotional Draw held in Madrid Spain.Your e-mail address attached to
REF No;ESP/62934LN/2010, with Batch No: CH 200 drew the Winning No: 02 10 16
18 27 41, Bonus No: 28 for LN-49 Lotto under the choice of the lottery in
the 1st category.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,000 companies and
personal e-mails. So your email is your online automatic ticket that
qualified you for this draw. You have therefore been approved to claim a
total sum of 485,910 Euros (Four Hundred and Eighty Five Thousand Nine
Hundred and Ten Euros)

Therefore, you are required to forward your details to our claims
Agent/Finance and Legal office to help facilitate the processing of your
fund as stated below:

1. FULL NAMES: ________
2. ADDRESS: __________
3. AGE AND SEX: ________
5. OCCUPATION: ________
6. E-MAIL ADDRESS: ______

Contact Person: Barrister.Luis Capiel.
Tel: +34 672 860 220


Sandra Luque (Mrs.)

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