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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: vanmore@vvan.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:34:19 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR EMAIL ID HAS WON!!!


CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR EMAIL ID HAS WON!!!
ATTENTION:
We are delighted to notify you of the result of the STAATSLOTERIJ JACKPOT AND PROMOTIONS NETHERLANDS, held on the 20th September, 2006. In accordance with the world lottery ordnance, you authorized as an official lottery prize winner to immediately file in for your claims upon receipt of this mail. This is an online promotional program organized by STAATSLOTERIJ JACKPOT AND PROMOTIONS NETHERLANDS. A total number of various individual email addresses and companies alike were entered for the Free Lotto Automatic Subscription Ticket Game. Details were submitted by international email service providers/marketing companies including public service providers strictly for this exercise. No ticket was sold.
Bear in mind that prizes will strictly be remitted to winners that officially file in for their claims within the given time frame. To begin your claim process, you are advised to immediately contact your
agent with the details below.
MR. ZADOK PETERS
TEL: 0031 - 617 644 971
FAX: 0031 - 847 153 719
Email: consultancy02@aol.com

Note that all winnings must be claimed not later than October 10th 2006, and any unclaimed prize will be returned to the treasury of the organizing firm as unclaimed prize.
(NB) You are to file in for the claim of ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS (US$1,000,000.00) under category "A"
Here are your winning details:
Batch Number: 245/2002/GWK
Ticket Number: 1001-55896542-5899
Security Number: ABN/5333/025648/03UA.
Serial Number: 6666/05
Congratulations once more and thank you for
being part of our quarterly promotional program.
Yours truly,
Mrs.Colen Van Ken
Promotions Coordinator

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