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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: cris mrisa <cris@crismrisa.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 22:28:43 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CLAIM YOUR ONE MILLION EUROS OPPORTUNITY FOR THE YEAR


CLAIM YOUR ONE MILLION EUROS OPPORTUNITY FOR THE YEAR

Dear Winner,
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice the result. We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner of one million euros
(1,000,000.00)Euros.
NOTE: to file for your claim, please contact the fiduciary agent.
Find below your Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence with your claims agent.
PROMOTION DATE: 24th of October 2006.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LSLUK/2031/8161/06
BATCH NUMBER: 15/051/IPD
***********************************************
Mr.Peter van Holf,
Address:P.O. Box 2021 3500GA Utrecht Netherlands.
Tel. : +31-649-301-215
Email :executiveplaneth@aim.com
**********************************************
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Sincerely Yours,
MRS.HANA VOSSESTEIN.
THE PROMOTION COORDINATOR,
MICROSOFT NL.

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