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419 Scam Example: "CONTINENTAL E-MAIL LOTTERY" (fake lotto scam)

"CONTINENTAL E-MAIL LOTTERY" is a label used by criminals in a fake lottery scam / advance fee fraud. As in all "419" scams, the promised fortune serves to tempt victims into sending money to the criminals, who demand "fees", "taxes" or other ficticious charges that have to be paid by the victim before he/she can receive the (non-existent) lottery prize.

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Fraud example:
CONTINENTAL E-MAIL LOTTERY

CONTINENTAL EMAIL LOTTERY PROGRAM
AVENIDA DE LA CRUZ 1 PISO 6G 28923
MADRID ESPAÑA.
DATE: MAY 27TH, 2006.
FROM:
THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
AWARD...
BATCH: EGGS-xxx-xxx-xxx
REFERENCE:xx/xx/xxx
AWARD NOTIFICATION.
This is to inform you on the release of the CONTINENTAL E-MAIL LOTTERY held on the 20th of May 2006.
The results was released on the 24th of MaY 2006. Your email address was attached to ticket number xxxxxxxxxxxxxx with serial number xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx that drew the lucky numbers of xxxxxxxxxx, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been awarded a lump of 550,000.00(FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EURO ONLY) cash credited to file with REF: N xxxxxxxxxxxxxx This is from 5,500,000 (FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO) in cash among the 100 participants finalist playing 100 full tickets in which 10 winners was selected.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your fund is now deposited with Wincor Nixdorf Service and Consultancy and insured in your email address ,due to the fact that we only have your e-mail address in our custody and also due to mix up of some numbers and e-mail addresses, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claims have been processed and the award claimed by you. We assure you that your full winning price will be given to you as no individual or organisation has the legal right to deduct or add to you award otherwise legal actions will be taken .You must receive your full award of five hundred and fifty thousand euros as processed by your security company.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid problems from participants as it has happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names and screened to 100 e-mails which participated in final lottery from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa .
This programme is sponsored by INTERNET EXPLORER / WORLD INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANISATION TO PROMOTE and ENHANCE the use of SOFT WARE IN THE GOBAL WORLD. We hope your lucky e-mail address will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs. To begin your lottery claims, please contact your claims agent,
DR Goldman Wales
infowinnixdorf@netscape.net
Telephone number: 0034-620-692-135 ,
Wincor Nixdorf Service and Consultancy
You are required to present your information of identity to show you are the user of this email address and whom to claim award, either your country passport or any other valid identity is required.
Remember, all winnings must be processed not later than two weeks from the day you receive this notification.
Any requirement not met before this date,funds will be returned to the MINISTRY OF FINANCE and 10% of your lottery winning belongs to the security company because they are the company assigned by the Continental Email Lottery Board to process your winnings to you.From your winnings, 10% you must remit after you have received your winning prize because the money is insured in your e-mail address and can not be removed.
Remember to quote your reference and batch numbers ( BATCH: xxxxxxxxx REFERENCE: xxxxxxxxxT) in every of your response to your claim agent. Further more, should there be any change of address, inform your claim agent as soon as possible.A copy of your lucky winning ticket and all other informations will be sent to you by your claim agent when your award has been processed and transferred , Your claims agent is DR Goldman Wales.
Once again from all members of our staff CONGRATULATIONS for being a part of our International promotions program.
NOTE:winners below eighteen years ( -18yrs ) are disqualified from this programme.
We wish you good fortunes.
Sincerely,
MRS,JOANNA YUDA

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