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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.Derriell Antonio" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:00:43 +0100
Subject: Fondazion Di Vittorio, ITALY

Fondazion Di Vittorio, ITALY
BATCH NO: (IT-001-7354,V-398-81)
Congratulations as we bring to your notice the 2011 donation,
Foundazion di Vittorio has chosen you by the board of trustees as one
of the final recipients of a cash Grant/Donation for your own personal,
educational, and business development. To celebrate the 35th
anniversary program, We are giving out a yearly donation of
EUR 800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand Euro) to 41 lucky  recipients
each which their email addresses was selected from over 17,000.00 websites allover
the globe, as charity donations/aid from the Fondazion Di Vittorio, ECOWAS, EU and the
UNO in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament. which is part of our promotion.
For Your Claims,
Mr. Gaberelle Campnaga
Address:Palazzo Miramere, 2 Via Romana
Bordighera Imperia
Italia 18038
Also in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember
to quote your batch numbers and the following details; in all your
correspondence with your fiduciary officer.
1.Full name and address.
2.Tel and fax number.
5.Country of residence.
Mrs.Derriell Antonio
Foundation officer.

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