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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: "PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT(BELKIN AID)" <gffeedd@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 14:02:43 +0300
Subject: PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT(BELKIN AID)

FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR: BELKIN AID INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT
WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER ONLY

ATTENTION!


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the last final annual draw of
our GRANT INTERNATIONAL Programs. The online cyber GRANT draws was
conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000,000 e-mail addresses of
individuals and corporate institutions,picked by an advanced automated
random computer search from the internet. No tickets were sold.

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as a
winner in the category "A" with the following numbers attached Qualification
Number: (NL-7721-02 BLKN-060)

You are therefore to receive a cash prize of 1,500,000.00. (One Million
Five Hundred Thousand Euros)from the total payout.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations,
verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To file in for the
processing of your prize winnings, you are advised to contact our Certified
and Accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the information
below:
***************************************************************************
*****************
Name: Pablo Ventura
Email: enquiries@belkin-nl.com
Tel : +31 644961326
Fax: +31 847593188
***************************************************************************
*****************
You are advised to provide him with the following information:

1. Given Name (As Stated in your ID)
2. Telephone/Fax number:
3. Nationality:
4. Age:

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days; thereafter
unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your
reference information in all correspondence.

You are to keep all Grant information confidential, especially your
reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double claim
will not be tolerated).
Members of affiliated agencies are PROHIBITED from participating in this
program.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform our agent as
soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
part of our
Promotional Program.

regards,

Mrs.Deborah Jones
Grant Coordinator.
Belkin Aid,
Amsterdam,Netherlands.

***This email may contain confidential and/or privileged information.
The information is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity
named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any
disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents is prohibited. If
you have received this electronic transmission in error, please notify the
sender by telephone or return email and delete the material from your
computer.***


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