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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: info operations <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:59:37 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONFIRMATION ALERT OF One million Euros !!!!!!!

CONFIRMATION ALERT OF One million Euros !!!!!!!

Adres:Paleisstraat 52515 JA Den Haag.

REF Number: NM/BC921245/KY14,
BATCH No: NM/207161/WOP.
TICKET No: 46939
Serial No: 472-9768
lUCKY No: W-91237-H°67/B4

We happily announce to you the draw of the Netherlands Loterij programs held on the 25th of September 2006 in Netherlands.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 46939 with Serial number 472-9768 drew the lucky numbers: W-91237-H°67/B4, which subsequently won you the lottery in the B category.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000.00 (One million Euros in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02/TCA. This is from a total cash prize of 10,000,000.00 Million Euros shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category A + (Plus).
This lottery is a promotional program by Staatsloterij , (Biggest lottery Organization in the Netherlands) to advertise to the world its existence. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 50,000 companies and 2,000,000 individual email addresses from all over the world, as part of our promotionional program,This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
NOTE: All winnings must be notarized and a certificate of award must be obtained from the Netherlands Gaming Control Board to complete the claims process, this certificate can only be obtained through legal representation so winners will be referred to our Regional Director to assist in this process. Winners are to cover the legal charges for the notarization of the claim forms and the acquisition of the certificate of award not STAATSLOTERIJ.
To file for your claim, please contact our Regional Office with the details below for processing and release of your winning.
TELEPHONE: +31-643- 522-754
Fax: +31-847-116-715
Fax: +31-847-117-355.
Reply Email:
Note that all claims process and clearance procedures must be duly completed not later than 10th of October 2006 to avoid impersonation arising to the issue of double claim. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, provide the following when replying:
Country of residence:
Tel number:
Delays will compel us to disperse your funds, in other words, we shall divert your funds as stated above. Kindly remember to quote your reference number in all correspondence. Finally, we call on you to make sure that you save a copy of this mail and note every letter clearly as stated for we will not be held responsible should there be any complications in this transaction due to laxity on your part.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Yours truly,
Clara Michaels.
Staatsloterij International.

NOTICE: You have received this message from Staatsloterij prize dept at your e-mail address, because you have visited our sponsored sites and have voluntarily given your email address to receive mails from their sponsors.If you wish to be taken out of this list do not reply to this mail, reply to the agent with the words remove. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not, directly or indirectly, use, disclose, distribute, print or copy any part of this message. If you believe you have received this message in error, please delete it and all copies of it from your system and notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail. Thank you.

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