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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: "Mrs.Gema Antonio" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:23:28 +0200
Subject: Award - Ref No:Es/447/0-01/08/5-08/Sl.

Award Ref No:Es/447/0-01/08/5-08/Sl.

Uplift International Email Lottery Award.
Promotions/Prize Award Department, Madrid Spain .

Attention: Lucky Winner,

We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged the Prime winner of Four Hundred & Fifty Thousand Euros(450,000.00) in Uplift International Email Lottery Award. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet and email users. Your email address is attached to Ref No:Es/447/0-01/08/5-08/Sl, Batch No:Eu/008/224/134/08, Serial No: Sl08, Ticket No: Es008-Sl/008, Lucky No: 9/11/13/24/43; and Promotion Date: 11th September.2012.

To claim your winning prize, you are to contact our Appointed and Sole Agent below as soon as possible for more informations on the immediate release of your Winning Prize with;

1) Your Full Name:
2) Your Telephone Numbers:
3) Your Age:
4) Your Occupation

Mr. Juan Carlos Jr.
Tel: +34-672-594-567


Congratulations once again.

Kind Regards,
Gema Antonio(Mrs.)Award Co-Ordinator.

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