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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: "Euro Million" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 23:37:29 +0100
Subject: Confirmation/ Email-Lucky Number: 01-40-20-30-7/*5*6

Confirmation/ Email-Lucky Number: 01-40-20-30-7/*5*6
Reply to Email:
Dear/ Winner,Following official publication results of the E-mail
electronic On-line Sweepstakes organized by the Euro Millions
consortium of software promotion companies. The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers,
Microsoft and other international companies ,held on 8 of November, 2011, Wherein your
electronic email address emerged as one of the on-line winning emails in
the 1st category, hence your email address was attached to a cash award of
1,000,000.00,Euro (One Million Euro). We write to officially notify you of
this award and to advise you to contact the claim office immediately upon
receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification,
processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you. Please contact
the claim Office

CONTACT NAME: Mr. James Raul of Euro Millions Agency.TEL:
0034-603-308-107/+01134-603-308-107 Reply to Email:

It is important to note that your award information was released with the
following particulars attached to it.

Winning Information's Email-Ticket Number ESS50-11-71-90-WIN
Reference Number: EUM47/65629Draw
Lucky Number: 01-40-20-30-7/*5*6
Batch/Number: SE 42/104760 42/104760
Serial Number: Z- 52/88/747

Your Full Name & Telephone Number:Please note all winning must be claimed
not later than 30th working days Congratulations!!!
Yours Sincerely, Mrs. Angela Andreas

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