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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.NL" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 19:14:02 -0500
Subject: LOTTO.NL

Patenleen 23, 2288ee Ri<B>jw</B>ik
Den Haag, the Netherlands.
(Lotto affiliate with Subscriber Agents).
From: Joan Van Henk (Lotto Coordinator)


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lotto NL Winners International programs held on the 19th May,2006.Your <B>e-</B>mail address attached <STRIKE>t</STRIKE>o ticket #:00903228100 with prize # 778009/UK drew
1,000,000.00 which was first in the 2ndclass of the draws. You are to receive1,000,000.00 (one Million Euros).Because of mix up in cash pay-outs, we ask that you keep you<SPAN>r winn</SPAN>ing inf<SPAN>ormation confidential until your money (1,000,000.00)</SPAN> has been fully remitted to you by our accredited pay-point bank.

This measure must be adhere to avoid loss of <STRIKE>
</STRIKE>your cash prize - winners of our cash prizes are advised to adhere to these instructions to forestall the abuse of this program by<U> </U>other
participants. It's important to note that this draws were conducted formally, and w<SPAN>inn</SPAN>ers are selected through an internet ballot system from 60,000 individual and companies<S> </S>e-mail addresses - the draws are conducted around the world through our internet based ballot system. The promotion is sponsored and promoted by Lotto-NL. We congratulate you once again.
We hope you will use part of<B> </B>it in our next draws, the jackpot winning is ?85million.

Remember, all winning mus<SPAN>t be claimed not later tha</SPAN>n 20 days from today. After this date all unclaimed cash prize will be for<FONT face=Arial>f</FONT>eited and included in the next sweepstake.

Please, in order to avoid unnece<SPAN>ssary delays and complications remember to quote personal and winning numbers in al</SPAN>l
correspondence with us. Congratulations once again from all members of Lotto NL. Thank you for bein<SPAN>g part of our promotional pr</SPAN>ogram.
For immediate release of your cash prize to you, please kindly cont<S>a</S>ct our paying bank address below. Send them the following information's:

(i) Your names.
(ii) Contact telephone and fax numbers.

(ii<SPAN>i) Contact Address.
(iv) Your </SPAN>winning numbers.
(v) Quote a<U>m</U>ount won.
{vi} Notification Date.

Contact person: Mr. Patrick Rowley
Tel: 00 31 633 701 450

Congratulation once again
Your in service,
Joan Van Henk (Lotto Coordin<I>at</I>er}

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