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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: "Euromillenniumlotto S. A." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 00:39:29 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!.....YOU HAVE WON €1,615,810.00 EURO

Euromillenniumlotto S. A,
San Asturio Serrano 19-2C
Madrid 28802, Espana

This is to inform you of EUROMILLENNIUMLOTTO INTERNATIONAL ONLINE PROMOTION PROGRAMM in which email accounts were picked randomly by Software powered by the internet through the World Wide Web. Your email address was among those chosen for 2012 Euromillenniumlotto Prize Award and this promotion is proudly sponsored by the Euromillenniumlotto Organization and United Kingdom Lottery Board. Your email address, attached to Ticket Number 641-9830170/OPK with Reference Number NLD-BBO/11217/2532 and Serial Number 25081203 that drew the Lucky Numbers 7-12-01-17-98-25-323, which consequently won the lottery in the first Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of € Euro 1,615,810.00 (One million six hundred and fifteen thousand eight hundred and ten Euro only).

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European Booklet representative office in Europe Madrid Spain. In view of this your prize will be release to you by our fiduciary agent in Europe, our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your lottery winning prize as soon as you contact the office with your claim information. All participants were selected randomly from the World Wide Web through computer draw System and extracted from over 100,000,000 email accounts.

This promotion takes place annually for security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning details confidential till your claims is processed and your winning prize remitted to you in whatever option you choose to receive your winning prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming or unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. To claim your prize contact our fiduciary agent:

Fiduciary Agent: Don Juan Carlos,
Tel:00346 98269373,
Fax:00346 98269374. Provide the office with the necessary information below;

1. Name:
2. Address:
3. Marital Status:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:
7. Nationality:
8. Country of Residence:
9. Telephone Number:
10.Fax Number:
11.Ticket Number:
12.Reference Number:
13.Serial Number:
14.Lucky Numbers:

These details facilitate the release process of your lottery winning prize, to avoid unnecessary delays and complications in the processing of your lottery winning prize always remember to quote your ticket, reference, serial and lucky number in all your correspondences with us or your designated claim agent. Congratulations once again from all members and staff of this international online promotion programm and thanks for being part of our lottery winner this season.

Yours truly,
Pedro Garzon.
Online Games Director
Tel:00346 98529540,
Fax:00346 98529635.

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