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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: staatseuropean lotto <staatseuropean@lottostaatseuropean.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:41:09 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON.


CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PAYMENT DEPARTMENT
STAATSLOTERIJ.NL COMPANY
www.staatsloterij.nl
REF NO: 428/77/UML,
BATCH NO: 46/304/GMA.

AWARD WINNING PROMOTION.
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the selected winners of the staatsloterij.nl Promotion held on Saturday 23rd of September 2006. Your email address attached to ticket number 564 64701565 177, with serial number 7288/03 drew the lucky numbers 42-6-37-13-37-8; the lottery was categorized into four zonal (Africa, America, Europe and Asia) stages. Consequently you have won the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay out of Euros 1.000,000.00 (One Million Euros ) Credited to file Ref No: 428/77/UML,Batch No. 46/304/GMA.

All participants in this Lottery Program have been selected randomly through a computer Ballot System drawn from over 200,000,00 Companies and 30,000,00 individual emails address from all search engines and web sites. This promotional program will take place every year until the games begin in Beijing China in 2008. However,winners are only eligible for claims once. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.

ELIGIBILITY:
This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet and is open to all persons from age 18 years and above with a valid email address and who live in any of the aforementioned countries. This promotion is void in all other countries and is also void where prohibited. Principals and employees of the staatsloterij.nl Company and its respective Parents, subsidiaries and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this promotion.
CLAIMS PROCEDURES:
It is our standard practice to allocate accredited agents for the processing of claims application. It is even more imperative for overseas winners. To begin your claims , you are therefore advised as a matter of urgency, to contact the under listed licensed and accredited claims agent for the processing of your prize award winning. Please contact the clearing house (through your claims agent only) the body assigned with the verification of all emergent winner. Therefore all protocols laid down by them must be followed so as to facilitate your claims;
STAATSLOTERIJ.NL 2ND CATIGORY WINNER'S
CLAIMS PROCESSING OFFICER.
MR. MORGAN ROCH.
TELEPHONE :0031 644 943 847
EMAIL: staatslottoclaim@aim.com
Please note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your legal back up legalization/notarization document in court. When contacting your claims agent, you are to provide them with
1. Your winning reference and batch numbers
2. Your full name and address
3. Your contact telephone number.
Remember, you must contact your claim officer not later than two weeks of receiving this notification. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to Quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore you are seriously advised to keep all winning lottery information and numbers from the public in line with our company security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals.
Congratulations once again from all members of staffs and thank you for being part of our Promotions program.
Yours Sincerely,
MRS. LORETHA WAXLE.
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY/GAME CO-ORDINATOR,
STAATSLOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.

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