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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: BANK GIRO LOTERIJ <magret@vanken.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 12:34:00 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: AWARD INFORMATIE:


AWARD INFORMATIE:
CONTACT MR. RENE HUSON.
PROMOTION PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF: DYK/82283922/769
BATCH: 11/621/2PDH /NL
Dear Winner,
Following the official publication of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes result organized by the Bank giro loterij corporation, the Slidecircuir award and the Heineken prizes in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products,(F.P.S.), held on the 25th September , 2006, in The Netherlands,wherein your electrononic email address emerged as one of the online winning emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of One Million Euros.
We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you.It is important to note that your award information was released today the 26th September 2006 with the following particulars attached to it.
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(I) Award numbers: TL 22/15409
(ii) Email ticket number: TL754/22/76
(iii) BATCH NUMBER: 75/011/INL
(iv) The file REFERENCE NUMBER:: TL/0534/30/05
***************************************************************************
Please contact the claim agents within 5 working days to facilitate the release of your prize, You are required to mention the above particulars of your award in every correspondence addressed to the processing agents.
****************************************************************************
FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER.
MR. RENE HUSON.
BANK GIRO LOTERIJ SECURITY DEPARTMENT.
TEL: +31-204-000-498.
TEL: +31-616-225-954.
FAX: +31-847-299-403
FAX: +31-847-407-453
Email: giroinformation@r-a-v-e.com
Email: customerinfo@r-a-v-e.com
**********************************************************************
The Bank giro loterij Awards is sponsored by a consortium of software promotion companies.
The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers, Microsoft and other international companies.The Bank giroloterij internet draw is held periodically and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.
We are proud to say that over 20 Million Euro are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide. Remember, all winning must be claimed as soon as possible to avoid delay. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Sincerely,
Mrs.MAGRET VAN KEN
Promotions Coordinator

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