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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: Destiny Lottery <coordinator_destiny@walla.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 18:39:40 +0100
Subject: Grand Prize Winner !!


FROM, THE COORDINATOR,
DESTINY LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
PROMOTION & PRIZE AWARD DEPT.,
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS.
OUR REF: DLINT/8435/011/06.
RESLTS OF CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Dear Winner,
Following official of results of the e-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by "Destiny Lottery International," and the Heineken prizes in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products,(F.P.S.), held in Amsterdam the Netherlands, wherein your email address emerged as one of the online winning emails in category "A "and therefore attracted a cash award of Euros 850.000.00 (Eight Hundred & Fifty Thousand Euros ), only.
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of Euro 850.000.00 (Eight Hundred & Fifty Thousand Euros), each as payout for Category "A" winners. This is from the total prize money of Euros10.200.000 shared among the 12 winners in this category.
We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you.
It is important to note that your award information was released with the following particulars attached to it.
REFERENCE NUMBER: DLINT/2986/5714/06
Batch Numbers: BN74/F66-90
Serial numbers: 82-71-60-93
Lucky numbers: 58-43-10-21-6.
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of Euro 850.000.00 (Eight Hundred & Fifty Thousand Euros), each as payout for Category A winners. This is from the total prize money of Euros10.200.000 shared among the 12 winners in this category.
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 begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the information below:
Mr. Arnold Brown (Paying/Foreign Department Manager)
Email: destinylottery@netscape.net
Tel: + 31-617-370-942 /Fax:+ 31-847-301-193
You are expected to provide the following details below to your claims agent:
1) BATCH NUMBERS
2) REFFERENCE NUMBERS
3) FULL NAMES
4) AGE
5) OCCUPATION
6) MAILING ADDRESS
7) PHONES AND FAX NUMBERS
8) EMAIL ADDRESS
The Destiny Lottery internet draw is held periodically and is organized to encourage the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.
We are proud to say that over 20 Million Euros is won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20 days from the time you receive this mail.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to quote your reference and batch number in all correspondence.
Congratulations once again and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Yours Sincerely,
Brenda Smith ( Lottery Coordinator )
Please do not reply to this email address. Contact your claims agent
immediately.
NOTICE: You have received this message from Destiny Lottery prize dept. at your winning email address because you have emerged a winner. 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 email.
****** THIS IS NOT A SCAM EMAIL** DO NOT DELETE THIS MESSAGE******

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