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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: "paul_scoth01@mail2world.com" <paul_scoth01@mail2world.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 23:36:19 +0900
Subject: Dear Consolation Prize Winner,

ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION

ATTENTION:

DE GOLDSTAR E-GAMES

Dear Consolation Prize Winner,
NOTICE OF CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNING

This email confirms that you have been notified of by the DE GOLDSTAR
E-GAMES LOTTO BV DE NETHERLANDS of your email lottery winning for 2006
GOLDSTAR LOTTO - Wheel E-game held on 15th July 2006.

We wish to congratulate you on the selection of your email coupon number
which was selected among the 45 lucky consolation prize winners. Your email

ID identified with Coupon No.NL132478 and was selected by Electronic Random

Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000 different email
addresses enrolled for the Lotto-Wheel E-game. Your email ID included among

the 50,000 different email addresses where submitted by our partner
international email provider companies.

Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
Lottery Group: Consolation Prize Group
Prize Amount: 1.500,000 One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro Only

You are required to file claims for your lottery prize winning by
contacting the Lottery Claims Processing Officer with your winning
information provided above.


Lottery Claims Officer:
Name: Robert Heinz
Email: claimsofficer101@netscape.net
Tel: 0031-645-535-301
Fax: 0031-847-520-740

Note:Endeavour to state your reference number and coupon number in all
correspondence with us.All response should be sent to
claimsofficer101@netscape.net

Congratulations once again from all our staffs on your consolation prize
winning, we hope you will partake in our forth coming DE GOLDSTAR E-GAMES.

Yours truly,

Mrs.Mavis Cook
(Secretary)
For Goldstar E-games
Netherlands.



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