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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: "Notification Dept" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:58:58 +0200
Subject: Email Notification*******

This is to inform you of the release of the LA VERDE LOTTERY PROMOTIONS held on the 29th of June 2012, as part of our yearly lottery bonanza. Your Email attached to a ticket number 01-6076 with above stated reference number and batch number, drew the lucky numbers: 4-22-9-24-41-20 and won the lottery in the 3rd category. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

You have therefore won the sum of 615,810.00 (Six Hundred and Fifteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ten Euros only) in cash. This is from a total cash prize of 17,573,912.64 (Seventeen Million, Five Hundred and Seventy-Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Twelve Euros and Sixty-Four Cents) shared among the international winners in this Category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system, drawn from Emails from Australia, Asia, Middle East, Africa, North and South America and Europe, as part of our yearly International Promotions, which is conducted twice a year. The biannual promotion is so far responsible for changing the lives of many people around the globe.

Attached to this Email is the winning details and a FORM which you have to complete and send back through FAX or Email attachment.Contact your claims officer with the below stated information for more details
Tel: +34 652 864 867

Yours Sincerely,
Tonia Garcia.

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