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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Newletter - Euro Milliones Board" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:26:55 +0100
Subject: Dear Email User. Check Your Prize [BATCH NUMBER: 2010/AXN/30_46]

Euro Million Notification


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We are pleased to inform you that your e-mail address have Won Eight Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Euros (815,000.00 Euros) in this annual the Euro Milliones International Programme held in Madrid - Spain.

Your e-mail ID emerged as one of the winners in the 1st category. This is our first annual promtion draw for 2012 and it is a free progarm with no ticket sales.

For More information on Lottery payment, You can contact your payment agent with the details on the right:

Mr. Vicente Reyes (claim officer)
TEL: +34 698-344-600
FAX: +34 911-820-312
This message has been sent to you through Euro Milliones Aventura Board. To Check and Confirm, click here

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