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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: staatsloterij staatsloterij <staatsloterij@staatsloterij00.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:48:21 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS HAS WON.


CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS HAS WON.

FROM: PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT OF STAATS LOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL,
WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY"A" WINNER-
Ref. No.- LSLUK/2031/8161/04
BATCH NUMBER: 14/011/IPD.
www.staatsloterij.nl
Attention:
Staats loterij International has just concluded its final draws of it's periodical promotional program.An exclusive list of email addresses of thousands of individual and corporate bodies were picked by automated random computer search from the internet with serial number 5772-54 drew the lucky numbers 3-4-17-28-35-44and consequently won in the First Category.

No tickets were sold. Your email address emerged as one of seven winners in the silver stakes category"A" as email addresses were soughted, from a total number of 1,000,000 addresses drawn from all over the globe. After an automated computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only SEVEN winners emerged in this category and therefore each are to receive payouts of $1,000,000.00 USD DOLLAR from the total of $7,000,000.00 USD DOLLAR SEVEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR).
However, every email address selected was accompanied by a reference and ticket number,after the cyber lotto selection, the below ticket and reference numbers emerged as one of the lucky winners in the above category.CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Reference number for your prize is:Ref. No.- LSLUK/2031/8161/04
BATCH NUMBER: 14/011/IPD.
ticket number 50941465206-529
For your prize claim processing, we have employed the service of an lnternational Trust firm. They are to handle the transfer of your cash prize of 1,000,000.00 Dollar in line with our procedures and upon your directions.Your prize has been insured to its full value with your email address and will be transferred to you under their professional service.
To immediately initiate the processing of your prize claim, please contact the under-mentioned at our claims department;

Dr. F.Vincent
Amsterdam-Netherlands.
Email: claimfiles001@aim.com

Tel.:+31 644 945 401

In your best interest(s), you must initiate contact within three weeks of receipt of this Correspondence. Attorney/Fiduciary Agents, are to handle all matters with regards to legalization of your winning documents.You are also advised to send a copy of this email, to the Director of operations at the claims department, Dr.Frank Vincent,when contacting him.
You may be required to provide any of the above information during the process of collecting your prize. We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate in any of our international programs in the nearest future.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sincerely,
Mrs.Kate Veldhuizen.
Promotions Manager,
Staats loterij international,
Netherlands.

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