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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 Department" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:17:39 +0100
Subject: 1**Email Notification 2013

Dear Beneficiary,
This is to inform you of the release of the LA PRIMITIVA LOTTERY PROMOTIONS held on the 28th of December 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.
ALL TICKETS ARE BOUGHT AND PLAYED FOR INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS BY GOVERNMENT APPROVED LICENCED AUTHORITIES in conjunction with the INTERNATIONAL LOTTO COMMISSION. Your fund is now deposited with our paying Bank and insured with a bond policy. Please take note that in order to avoid a mix up of numbers, Emails, names and winnings, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money is safely in your possession. This is in accordance to our security protocol to avoid double claiming and illegal malpractices. We hope that your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the next year’s high stake of € 1.3 Billion international lottery.
For further inquiry,please Contact our claim Department:
Mrs Maria Perez Sanchez.
Telephone : +34 651 036 503

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