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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: "Europe National" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 12:54:31 +0100
Subject: resulte

Microsoft Lottery Inter.
Osdroplien 450, 1120AH ,
Microsoft Europe National Lottery.



We are pleased to inform you of the result of Europe Million Lottery which was held on the 4th,Feb 2013. Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number: 1414414, with Prize Number: 23433 drew a prize of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros).

This lucky draw came first in the 2nd Category of the Sweepstake. You will receive the sum of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros) from
Our authorized bank. Because of some mix-up with sweepstake prizes, including the time limited placed on the payment of your prize: 1,000,000.00,
We advise that you keep all information about this prize confidential until your funds: 1,000,000.00 have been transferred to you by our bank.
You must adhere to this instruction, strictly, to avoid any delay with the release of your funds to your person. This program has been abused severally in past, so we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of false claims. This sweepstake was conducted under the watchful eyes of 8,000 spectators. Your e-mail address was selected and came out first by a e-ballot draw from over 250,000 e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses).

This program is sponsored by Microsoft networks to compensate faithful internet users around the globe. Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners. With your permission, your e-mail will also be included in the next sweepstake of 5Million.

You must claim your prize: 1,000,000.00 not later than 14-days from the moment you receive this e-mail. In order to avoid unnecessary delays with your claim from the bank. Please contact them immediately, and quote your winning and personal information to the Bank in all your correspondence with the paying bank.

Here is the contact information:

Bank: Citi-Bank-Espama
Attention: Lorrente Lopez
Tell: + 34-632-034-592
Fax + 34-91-291-9527
C/Maria-Luz No111

Furnish them with the following information’s
(i). your name(s),
(ii) Your telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Your contact address
(iv) Your winning information.

Maria Lupe Rodriguez. (Mrs.)
Coordinator. Europe Million Lottery International.

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