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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: "Mr.David Martins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 01:45:52 +1200

Euro Million Lotteries
Calle Malaga 1 Bajo,b
23980, Madrid-Spain


This is to notify you that your email address drew the category A winning in the on-going euro million lottery held on the 1st December,2016 ,you have been approved for the Sum of Euros 950,000 (Nine Hundred And Filthy Thousand Euro.)
Please contact the processing agent with your winning Details: Ref Num: GF319/2780H, Ticket Num: ESP 31-43470
Furnish us with your personal details below as well as your winning number.

Here is the information you have to forward to us
1. Your Full Names:______
2. Postal Address:_______
3. Direct Cell Numbers:_______
4. E-mail Address:________
5. Sex:_____
6. Age:_____
7. Occupation:________
8. Nationality:________
9.Passport or ID card :________

Contact Name: Mr, David Martins
This email lottery is sponsored by Euro Millions SA-Spain and is registered and protected by the Benelux trademark law.

Please note that the validity period of these winning is 14 days; hence you are expected to make your claims immediately. Any claim not made before this date will be transfer to the suspense vault of the Spanish Gaming Board.

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Maria Isabel
Online Coordinator. Euro million Lotteries.

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