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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: SPAIN <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:18:21 +0000


Your email address won in the first category of the SPANISH INTERNATIONAL

This is a Millennium Internet Game in which e-mail addresses were used and
first of its kind. You did not purchase any ticket to enter for it, as an
internet user your email address was randomly selected and you are one of the
Selected Winners winners worldwide.

Your Winning Numbers: 6 17 23 1 14 11, Reference Number: K11M7J8BSS6TS and
Batch Numbers Z11/Y06L.The numbers fall within the America,Europe,Asia and
Oceanic (Australian & New zealand) Location file,

AMOUNT WON: $2,500,000.00.

For more information please Contact you Claims agent with your winning details.

Mr.Antonio Lucas (Uninon Security S A)
Telephone number +34 602 68 2337

Yours Truly,
Luara Gonzalez
Online Lottery Coordinator

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