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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: "Super Enalotto International" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 02:17:19 +0100
Subject: Annual Prize 2011.

Annual Prize 2011.

Your e-mail address have
won you 715,190.00 Euros
at the Super Enalotto International
2011 Lottery Promotion.

Please Keep this winning numbers
confidential to avoid double claims,and you
must quote it in your response.

Ticket Number: SPL565-656-565-656-66-433.
Reference Nr.: SPL/876543/65434SP.
Serial number GH546-6655.

Contact this office for more details:

Dr. Don. Antonio Maretti.
Telephone :+ 34 672 513 122.

Once again Congratulations from members
of Super Enalotto International
Lottery Promotions Spain

Sincerely Yours

Mrs.Lilila Alazio Valaz.
Publications Department.

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