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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: veronica halen <veronica@vhalen.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 13:34:06 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONTACT: GILBERT FONS


CONTACT: GILBERT FONS
FROM THE DESK OF THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
THE NETHERLANDS STAATSLOTERIJ
THE NETHERLANDS.

NATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTO PRIZE AWARD.
We are pleased to announce you as one of the lucky winners in the StaaatsLoterij E-mail Lottery draw held today the 25th of October 2006.All winning E-mail addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 100,000,000 international Emails from Internet Service Provider Companies.Your E-mail address emerged as a category "A" winner in this year's Lotto Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of Nine Hundred Thousand,One Hundred and Eighty Three Euros only (900,183.00 Euros). In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number, batch numbers, and winning numbers in all
correspondence with your claims officer.
***********************************************
1. BATCH: 007/48SL/847/970
2.The file Ref number: BSO61/94756/001
3.Winning Number: 003/67590/SL048
Please contact the underlisted claims officer via this E-mail below as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
***********************************************
GILBERT FONS (CLAIMS OFFICER)
DE NEDERLANDSE STAATSLOTERIJ
E-mail:claimsdept@kred.com
Vettingdepart@netscape.net
Tel: +31- 204-000-498
Mobiel:: +31-619-703-329
Fax: +31-847 725-1862

Please kindly fill in the acttached form below for the immediate process of your winning prize.
***********************************************
1.FULL NAMES:
***********************************************
2.NATIONALITY:
***********************************************
3. AGE
***********************************************
4. SEX
***********************************************
5. MARITAL
STATUS***********************************************
6.CONTACT ADDRESS:
***********************************************
7.TELEPHONE NUMBER:
***********************************************
8.OCCUPATION
***********************************************
9.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL***********************************************
10.
WINNING E-MAIL ADDRESS***********************************************
11.WINNING NUMBER***********************************************
12TOTAL AMOUNT WON***********************************************
***********************************************
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays, please remember to quote your reference number, batch numbers, and winning number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform the Claims Officer as soon as possible as he is responsible for the processing of your approved file for payment.
Congratulations once again on behalf of all our staff.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Yours Faithfully
Mrs Veronica Halen(Lottery Co-ordinator)

Please make sure you keep your winning confidential till you have received your payment. This is to avoid double claims. Do not contact this office as your correspondence should be addressed to your claims officer above Gilbert Fons.
NB: In accordance with the DE NEDERLANDSE STAATSLOTERIJ policy and regulations, this notification is dispatched directly to only the 45
lucky consultation prize Winners. This notification also contains information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the right recipient whose email address attached to the lucky numbers along with the winning information's you are not authorized to read, print,retain, copy or disseminate this notice or any part of it.

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