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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: "LOTTO NDETHERLANDS" <photonlvfik@zwallet.com>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 22:51:18 +1200
Subject: URGENT NOTIFICATION!!!

Lotto. NL
Patenlaan 23, 2288ee Rijwijk
Den Haag, the Netherlands.
(Lotto affiliate with Subscriber Agents).
From: Joan Van Henk(Lottery Co-ordinator)
Website: www.lotto.nl

ATTN: WINNER

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lotto NL Winners International programs held on the 6th May, 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket #: 0175655522 with prize #: 31765549 NL
drew €1,000,000.00 which was first in the first class of the draws. You are to receive €1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros). Because of mix up in cash pay-outs, we ask that you keep your winning information
Confidential until your money (€1,000,000.00) has been fully remitted to you by our accredited pay-point bank. This measure must be adhere to, in order to avoid loss of your cash prize - winners of our cash
prizes are advised to adhere to these instructions to forestall the abuse of this program by other participants. It is important to note that this draws were conducted formally, and winners are selected through
an internet ballot system from 50,000 individual and companies e-mail addresses - the draws are conducted around the world through our internet based ballot system. The promotion is sponsored and
promoted Lotto NL . We congratulate you once again. We hope you will use part of it in our next draws; the jackpot winning is €85million. Remember, all winnings must be claimed not later than 15days
from today. After this date all unclaimed cash prize will be forfeited and included in the next sweepstake. Please, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote personal and
winning numbers in all correspondence with us.

Congratulations once again from all members of Lotto NL.

Thank you for being part of our promotional program.

For immediate release of your cash prize to you, please kindly contact our Paying Bank with the information written below.

Send them the following information:
(i) Your name
(ii) Contact telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Contact Address
(iv)Your winning numbers
(v) Quote amount won.
(vi) Notification date.

Contact person: Mr. Patrick Rowley
E-mail: leedcbkbv@netscape.net
Tel: +31 633 701 450

Congratulations once again.

Yours in service,
Joan Van Henk(Lottery Co-ordinator)
Website: www.lotto.nl

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