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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: "promoter vice president" <winner_ads_2005-07@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: vanleroy12_dfcc@yahoo.de
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 05:18:51 -0600
Subject: PRIZE WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!!!!!!!!!! PRIZE WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!!!!!!!!!

14th Dec 2005,

FROM: PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT
NEDERLANDSE INTERNATIONALE LOTERIJ BV
PALEISSTRAAT 55
NL-2500 BP
THE HAGUE
THE NETHERLANDS

PRIZE WINNING NOTIFICATION

PRIZE CATEGORY: “B”
REFERENCE NO: NIL-B-3120-01101980-NLBV
TICKET NO: NIL-B-15-01-05

We are happy to inform you that the recipient email address has been
selected as one of the lucky email addresses in the category "B" of the
online lotto conducted by our company NEDERLANDSE INTERNATIONALE LOTERIJ BV
here in Hague. CONGRATULATIONS! The cyber-lotto was conducted by a first of
its kind automated computer balloting system, where by email addresses
(25,000 email addresses), were extracted from all continents of the world. A
draw was held in different categories and winners from different parts of
the world emerged and are entitled to various cash prizes depending on their
different categories. Thus, you/your company with this email address,
attached to Ticket number: NIL-B-15-01-05 and a Reference number:
NIL-B-3120-01101980-NLBV in the Category B, is entitled to a lump payout of
€2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros).

As a category B winner, selected by computer balloting system where only
email addresses were sorted, from a total number of 25,000 addresses drawn
from all over the globe via an automated computer ballot of our
International Promotions Program, FIVE winners emerged in this category and
therefore each are to receive payouts of €2,500,000,00 (Two Million, Five
Hundred Thousand Euros) from the total of €12,500,000.00 (TWELVE
MILLION,FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS).

To immediately claim your prize, please contact our Category "B" financial
agents DUTCH FINANCE & CONTRACTING COMPANY BV, below are the contact
information of their financial director:

Mr. Van Leroy
Financial Director
DUTCH FINANCE & CONTRACTING COMPANY BV
NOORDBARGERSTRAAT 77
NL-7812 AA EMMEN
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel/Fax: +31 847300938
E-mail:vanleroy12_dfcc@yahoo.de

Provide Prize reference number-NIL-B-3120-01101980-NLBV and winning ticket
number-NIL-B-15-01-05 for confirmation. In your best interest(s), you must
initiate contact within two weeks of receipt of this correspondence. DUTCH
FINANCE & CONTRACTING COMPANY BV is to handle all matters with regards to
claiming of your prize money. You are also advised to send a copy of this
email, to your claims agent Mr. Van Leroy, when contacting him.

You may be required to provide any of the above information during the
process of collecting your prize. We congratulate you once again and it is
our hope that you participate in any of our international programs in the
nearest future.

Thank you.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Vivienne Hordijk
Promotions Manager
NEDERLANDSE INTERNATIONALE LOTERIJ BV


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