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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: "lottery cordinator" <lotjackpot2@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: lotjackpot1@netscape.net
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 00:51:54 +0100
Subject: lucky winner

**************************************************************************
FROM: GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED LOTTERY PROMOTERS. WINNING NOTICE FOR
CATEGORY \"A\" WINNER
**************************************************************************
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION We are
pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws
of
De Lotto Netherlands International Lottery programs.The online cyber lotto
draws
was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000 e-mail addresses of
individual
and corporate bodies picked by an
advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets were
sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of
two
winners in the category \"A\" with the following:
Ref Number: PC 390 ES 214
Batch Number: 26371545-LNI/2005
Ticket Number: PCP 002 871
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize
of 1,500,000.00.Euro (ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) each
from the total payout.
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations,
verifications, validations and satisfactory report.To begin the claims
processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed
and
accredited claims agent for category \"A\" winners with the information
below:
Mr. Edward Clarks,
Remittance Department Director,
Netherlands Development Finance Company [INTERNET-DRIVE INCORPORATION],
107 Vanderloop 1902AB ,Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
E-mail: lotjackpot1@netscape.net
Tel:+31-64-748-4288
Fax:+31-84-754-6157
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 20 days. After this date
all
unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your
reference information in all correspondence.You are to keep all lotto
information away from the general public
especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case
of
double claims will not be entertained).Members of the affiliate agencies are
automatically not allowed to
participate in this program.
Thank you and congratulations!!!
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Ruth Maryland
Games/Lottery Coordinator.
De Lotto Netherlands International
www.lotto.nl
This email may contain information which is confidential and/or privileged.
The
information is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity named
above. If you are not the intended
recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the
contents is
prohibited.If you have received this electronic transmission in error,
please
notify the sender by telephone or return email and delete the material from
your
computer.



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