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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: "CHRISTINA ALONSO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 03:07:30 +0200
Subject: Award Winning Notification !!!

Your Reference No: COJ3DT-B/010-34416
Your Batch No: 70055RTPSG#16


We are pleased to inform you of the release of the long awaited results of our
Sweepstakes promotion organized by ONCE LOTTERY,
held this July 2016, in Espana. Wherein your email address emerged as one of the
online Winning emails in the 2nd category and therefore attracted a cash
award of 1,500,000.00 Euros (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros).
which is part of our promotional draws,
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 30,000 email.
To begin your claim, do file for the release of your winning by contacting

Global Security Services.
Foreign Service Director:
Dr.Fernando Paco Dolores.
Alzines 17, Sant Boi De
Llobregat Madrid Spain.

Mrs.Christina Alonso.
Promotion's Manager.

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