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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:

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:33:50 +0800 (CST)
Subject: [´ËÓʼþ¿ÉÄÜЯ´ø²¡¶¾£¬ÇëСÐÄ´ò¿ª£¡]

Este mensaje es para notificarle que ha ganado la suma de €190,400.00
(ciento noventa mil, cuatrocientos euros) en la programa de apoyo
Sea informado de que esta promocion se lleva a cabo a traves de Internet
en todo el mundo por una seleccion aleatoria, los participantes y
ganadores fueron escogidos al azar a traves de un sistema computerizado y
usted ha sido escogido como uno de los afortunados ganadores.

para demandar tu premio contacta con el agente
Carmen Lopez Fernadez
Euro de Espana
Tel: +34 672 916 850

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