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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:

Date: 01 Sep 2012 15:16:03 -0400
Subject: Final Notification:***Award 2012*


This is to inform you of the release of the LA VERDE LOTTERY
PROMOTIONS held on the 28th of July 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 615,810.00Euros (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

Contact your claims officer with the below stated information for
more details:

Tel: +34 651 036 503

Yours Sincerely,
Tonia Garcia. (P.R.O)

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