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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: "Frau, Julia Gomez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 02:10:23 -0700
Subject: Dear Internet User

Tel: 0034-698-238-766
Fax: 0034-911-881-416
Ref Number: PLATUK/9GM/327739
Batch Number: PLAT-ENGINE08920

Dear Internet User,
We congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by Microsoft Google Online Award 2016
Held in Madrid Spain on 18th April 2016.
Your email ID has won the total sum of €1,810.000.00 (ONE MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND EUROS ONLY), during the electronic E-mail online Power ball Draws For Internet Users. Microsoft Corporation organize this promotion offer in other to compensate consumers of the product in the world at large for their infinite supports towards the growth of the company.
The claim agent will attend to your claim upon the receipt of your response.
Contact Dr, Pablo Sanchez (Claims Agent) the Foreign Affairs manager of
MAPFRE SEGUROS S.A. Tel +34-603-255-976, Email:
To begin your claim with the agent requires your details mentioned below
in order to process your claim for immediate payment with the Spainish bank

(1) Name
(2) Address
(3) Date of Birth
(4) Occupation
(5) Tel Nº
(6) Ref Nº

Congratulation once again.

Thank you.
Madam, Julia Gomez

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