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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: "Email User **!**14" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 23:44:06 +0200

Confirmation Email Ref No: (SPSD-11,832,264,832,142)
Reply Email: &
Following official publication results of email sweepstakes program
Released on the 19th of April, 2012. Organized by the MEGA MILLIONS SUPER LOTTO PLUS & EMAIL SWEEPSTATKES. Your electronic mail address <> attached to a Ticket Number (12-21-26-30-42-27) HAS won the prize Sum of EUR970.000.00 only (Nine Hundred and Seventy Thousand Euros Only). For Further inquires and claims or your collection;
CITY / COUNTRY: Madrid Spain.
TEL: +34-632-717-694+1134-632-717-694
Reply to Email:
It is important to note that you your award information were released today
With the following Particulars attached to it.
Email Ticket NO: 12-21-26-30-42-27
Reference NO: SPSD-11832264832142
Serial NO: SUDEJP33572021
Batch NO: MSPS853644121
LUCKY DRAW No. : 2-17-20-26-48-12:
We expect you to provide them with details of the information below, for the processing of your winning documents.
1). Full Names:
2). Residential Address:
3). Occupation:
4). Sex/age:
5). Phone/Fax Numbers:
6). Country of Resident:
7). Nationality:
8). Reference Number:
9). Serial Number:
10). Amount Won:
11). your winning Email Address
12). A scan or Fax Copy of any Valid Proof of your Identification like International Passport or Driver's License:
PLEASE NOTE THAT all wining must be claimed not later than 30th working days.
Mrs. Gonzalez Angel Jose.
CITY / COUNTRY: Madrid Spain
TEL: +34-632-717-694 +1134-632-717-694
Please note, do not send email to the email alert you are to contact
MR.KIKO SANCHEZ Reply via email to: &

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