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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: "Euromillion Lottery Award" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:24:53 +0200

Euro Dynamic International Fund.
Cl santo domingo savio
Madrid ,
Referente nº: ELS/2001/MCB
Batch nº: YSBL/51564

We are pleased to inform you of the release of the EURO DYNANIC INTERNATIONAL FUNDS held on the 24th OF OCTOBER 2010. as (SOTEO DE VERENO WINTER SWEEPSTAKES). Your name/business was entered as a dependent client by ANDALUSIA VISTA S.A.. with reference number: ELS/2001/MCB. And batch number: YSBL/51564. Your name attached to ticket number: 23.8013 drew the 5th lucky winning number, which consequently won the Euro Dynamic International Fund in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a payment of €975,300.00 (NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED EUROS). In cash credited to file references number: ELS/2001/MCB.

Due to mix up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this personal, until your claims have been processed and your funds remitted to you. This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators. To begin your claim, contact your agent
Barrister Antonio Moss. Antonio Moss & Co. Solicitors, Madrid, Spain. Tel: +34 672 988 039. E-mail:
Giving the below information Name, Telephone, fax, Address, Amount Won, Reference Number, Batch Number and your winning E-mail address.
Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 25TH OF NOVEMBER 2010. After this date your Soteo De Verano winning prize will be marked as unclaimed and remitted back to the account of the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA,

Once again, Congratulations!!!

J P Smith.
Programme Cordinator.

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