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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: staat lotbv <staat@staatlotbv.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 09:53:12 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS WON $1,000,000.00 USD STAATSLOTERIJ
PROMOTION.NL LOTTERY.


YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS WON $1,000,000.00 USD STAATSLOTERIJ PROMOTION.NL LOTTERY.
FROM: THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
STAATSLOTERIJ EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
B.V. Boeing Avenue 44 9459 PE Schiphol-Rijk,
Amsterdam - Netherlands.
www.staatsloterij.nl
REFERENCE NUMBER: BVLNK/2031/9260/06
BATCH NUMBER: 12/012/IPD
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice,the results of the First Category draws of STAATSLOTERIJ LOTTERY INT.

We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws held on 25th, sept, 2006. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of ourInternational Promotions Program.
Your e-mail address, attached to ticket number 50941465206-529, with serial number 5772-54 drew the lucky numbers 3-4-17-28-35-44 and consequently won in the First Category.
You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of US$1,000,000.00 (One million United State dollars), which is the winning payout for Category "A" winners. This is from the total prize money from 6,000,000 shared among the 6 winners in this category CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank.
In your best interest to aviod mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants/nonparticipants of this program.
Please contact the claims department immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:
To file for your claim, please contact the under-mentioned approved fiducial agent at the claims department.
****************************************************************************
MR. MARK VAN WILSON.
32 PALMSTRAAT 1015 AE,
AMSTERDAM - NETHERLANDS.
Email : staatslottpromtt@aol.com
OR : staatslottpromtt@aim.com
TEL .: +31 620 855 179
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NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in every one of your correspondence with the claims dept.
REFERENCE NUMBER: BVLNK/2031/9260/06
BATCH NUMBER: 12/012/IPD

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. Daniela Augustin .
THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR.
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