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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: "Mexico National Freelotto Weekly Draws" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:13:55 +0700
Subject: License Number: BS1094

Official ©Mexico National Freelotto Weekly Draws

Dear Winner

Congratulations!! Your E-mail ID has Won you ATM Card 1.500.000.00 GBP in the
on-going ©Mexico National Freelotto. No Ticket Bought. Your Email Address was
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 company individual
Email Addresses from Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America,
Europe, Asia and Africa as part of International Promotions Program.

This promo is the 1st of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.
Your Email Address was attached to a ticket number "099-22-04-552".
Your Batch Number 010/04/Euxp , and Reference EU/8364x6/10.

You will be sent an ATM card used to withdraw your money in any ATM machine
in any part of the world, so if you like to receive your fund in this way.
Please contact the FEDEX DELIVER COURIER to re-confirm your correct
mailing address information and make a payment of $150 USD only
[One Hundred and Fifty Dollars Only] for the security keeping fee
of the said ATM Card.

For claims Contact Barry Smith
Email Address: Email:
With the required information below.

Attach copy of your identification

Remember, you must contact your claim agent Dr. Barry Smith, to claim your prize,
send your reference and batch number and all the above informations to his email address
and let him know that you have contacted him through email.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till
your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit
claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous elements. Please be warned!

Dr. Barry Smith
{Online Promo Co-ordinator}
License Number: BS1094

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