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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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Fraud email example:

From: "rene michel" <lotto_net108@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:13:56 +0000
Subject: PRIZE AWARD CONTACT AGENT

THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, LUCKYDAY LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL .PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: GSL/21256003/39
BATCH: 94/0017/IPD
 AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today 13th december 2005 of your selection as one of the five winners of the promotional Golden Strike Sweepstakes Lottery Netherlands held recently as part of our BONANZA.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$500,000.00(five hundred thousand,  Dollars only) in cash  credited to file REF NO.GSL/21256003/39.
We in the Golden Strike Sweepstakes Lottery Netherlands is by this program, launching our model computer balloting lottery draws, developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of the ever growing number of participants in our various lottery programs.With funds accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to all winners are guaranteed and will be transferred in record time. After randomly selecting 15,000 participants from an initial database of 300,000 emails all participants were selected through a computer ballot system from the Middle East,Asia, Africa, Canada,Europe, USA and South America as part our International Promotions Program, which was conducted in view of launching ourselves into the Sweepstakes Industry Worldwide and zoning all participants by their respective  continents from across the globe, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the winners of the Grand Draw prize.
To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings,the transfer of your prize is  to be handled by our Prize Transfer agents. You are to  contact our agents by email or fax within a week of receiving this notice. Please find  full contact details below:
 MR CLEMENT GIDEON,
 FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
TEL:0031-630-907-500
 FAX:0031-847-539-641
 EMAIL: internetlott@fastermail.com
 Also find all other relevant winning lottery  information below:
 Ref  No: GSL/21256003/39
 Batch No:94/0017/IPD
 Zonal Draw No: GSLA2-405
 Serial Draw No: 2090
 Lucky no:845/452
 Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later  than a week of  receiving this notification. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please  remember to Quote your reference and batch numbers in very one of your correspondences with your agent.Furthermore ou are seriously advised to keep all winning lottery nformation and numbers from the public in line with our company security protocol to avoid double claiming and  unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals.
Congratulations again from all our staff  and thank you for being part of  our Promotions program.
 Yours Sincerely,
 Rene Van Michel,
 LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR.

 

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