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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: vjertis vonadrian <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:30:57 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: EuroMillions Sweepstake.

EuroMillions Sweepstake.
Hoge Wei 28, 2011 Zaventem,
Euro Millions are Affiliate of Belgium National Lottery (BNL).


We are pleased to inform you of the result of EuroMillions Lottery,
which was held on the 12th September, 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number: 05-32-44-45-50 (01-07)
,with Prize Number (match 3): 106285612 drew a prize of 1,000,000.00
(OneMillion Euros). This lucky draw came first in the 2nd Category of the
You will receive the sum of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros) from our
authorized bank. Because of some mix-up with sweepstake prizes,
including the time limited placed on the payment of your prize:
1,000,000.00, we advice that you keep all information about this prize
confidential until your funds: 1,000,000.00 have been transferred to
you by our bank. You must adhere to this instruction, strictly, to avoid any
delay with the release of your funds to your person. This program has been
abused severally in past, so we are doing our best to forestall further
occurrenceof false claims.
This sweepstake was conducted under the watchful eyes of 8,000
Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number 05-32-44-45-50 (01-07)
was selected and; it came out first by an e-ballot draw from over 250,000
e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses).
This program is sponsored by CFI to compensate faithful internet
suffers around the globe.
Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners.

With your permission, your e-mail will also be included in the next
sweepstake of 5 Million.
You must claim your prize: 1,000, 000.00 not later than 7-days from
the moment you receive this e-mail.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays with your claim from the bank;
please contact them immediately, and quote your winning and personal
information now, and in all your correspondence with the bank.

Here is the contact information:
Bank: Laagste Heypotheekofferte Bank. N.L.
Attention: Dirk Garvin
Karspeldreef 6A, 1101 CJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Telephone: +31616 209 526.
Fax: (+3184) 7 176 706.
Furnish them with the following:
(i). your name(s),
(ii) Your telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Your contact address
(iv) Your winning information (including amount won).


Yours faithfully,
Vjertis Von Adrian (Ms.) CPA.
Coordinator: EuroMillions

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