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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: "Email Result 2011****" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:19:08 +0800
Subject: Email Result 2011****

Attention: Winner****

Your e-mail address with Ticket Number: 5-9-25-30-76-81, Serial Number: 2443-05,
was selected as winner of the Spanish Email Sweepstakes International Lottery program held in Spain.

You have won the sum of 515,810.00 Euros credited to your lucky batch number: EG/069713160012.

To file for your claim, Contact; Dr. Per Solie of the International Lottery Commission S.A.

Manager: Dr. Per Solie
Tel: +34 672 977 954

Congratulations once again from all our staff.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Anastasio Vito Cecilio

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