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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: STAATLOTERIJ/INTERNATIONAL NL <contactstaat@ummah.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 01:28:41 +0200
Subject: STAATLOTERIJ/INTERNATIONAL NL !!!


STAATSLOTERIJ.NL
Paleisstraat 5, 2514 JA Den Haag,
Netherlands.
www.staatsloterij.nl
FROM: THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT.
REF: YPL/4249859609/WX5
BATCH: GLV/91663/AU
ATTN;WINNER,
RE:CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNER NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long
awaited results of the STAATLOTERIJ/INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTION PROGRAMES NL, held on the 20th of June 2005. You
were entered as dependent clients with:Reference
Number:NM/BC921245/KY13, and Batch number NM/207161/WOP.
Your email address attached to the ticket number: 46938
that drew the lucky winning number, which
consequently won the loterij in the second category,in
four parts.
You have been approved for a payment of 1,000,000.00Euros
(ONE MILLION EUROS.) in cash credited to file reference
number:HPL/4247159609/WP2.
This is from a total cash prize of TEN MILLION EUROS
Shared among the ten international winners that won the
second categories.
congratulations!!!
All participants were selected through a Multi
international computer ballot system drawn from
98,000(Ninety eight thousand) names of email users around
the world,as part of our international promotion
programme.
Due to mixed up of some names and addresses, we ask that
you keep this award personal, till your claims
has been processed and your funds remitted to you.
This is part of our security measures to avoid double
claiming or unwarranted taking
advantage of the situation by other participants or
impersonators.
To begin your claim, do file for the release of your
winning by contacting our accredited agent:
MR. PETER SEEDORF.
Foreign Transfer Manager.
ROYAL TRUST AGENCY BV,
Tel: +31-645-523-120
Email:royaltrustbv@netscape.net
NOTE:
All winnings must be notarized to complete the claim
process; winners will be referred to a Foreign Transfer
Manager,to have their winning notarized.Winners are to
cover the legal charges not STAATSLOTERIJ.NL,
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications please remember to quote your reference
number and batch numbers in all correspondence.They are
your agent, and responsible for the processing and
transfer of your winnings fund to you.
YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-91238-H°67/B5
(keep personal) Remember,your winning must be claimed not
later than (22-July-2006). After this date, funds might be
returned to the unclaimed. Furthermore,should there be any
change in your address, do inform your claims agent as
soon as possible.
Yours truly,
Mrs.SUSAN HENKE.
THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM (NL)
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification.
You are advice to Contact your claims agent
Mr. PETER SEEDORF.
Email Address: royaltrustbv@netscape.net

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