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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: "El_Gordo_Primitiva" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 19:49:53 +0200
Subject: 935.470, 00€

Bitte kontaktieren Sie unseren Auslandssachbearbeiter Don OSCAR PEREZ bei der Sicherheitfirma SANTANDER SEGUROS S.L. Tel: 0034 611 39 97 83, Fax: 0034 917 90 36 29 & Email: Bitte denken Sie daran, jeder Gewinnanspruch muss bis zum 30/06/2016.

Anbei ein Anmeldeformular, bitte ausfüllen und per Fax an die Sicherheitsfirma SANTANDER SEGUROS S.L. on Fax: 0034 917 90 36 29 schicken.
Bitte Füllen Sie Die Unten Angegebenen Daten Aus:
(1) Frau Oder Herr:___________________ (2)Name:______________________________
(3) Vorname:__________________________ (4)Adresse:___________________________
(5) Plz:______________________________ (6)Stadt:_____________________________
(7) Geburtsdatum:_____________________ (8)Nationalität:______________________
(9) Telefon:__________________________ (10)Mobil:____________________________
(11) Fax:_____________________________ (12)Email:____________________________
(13) Beruf:___________________________ (14)Sprache/S:________________________
Die oben genannten, Anforderungen sind erforderlich. Herzliche Glückwünsche noch einmal.


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