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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: "NOTIFICATION FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES" <acebbbn@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 13:16:48 +0600
Subject: NOTIFICATION FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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

ATTENTION!

This is to notify you that you have been choosen By the Board of Trustees
of the BELKIN AID (NGO NL) as one of the final Recepients of a Cash
Grant/Donation
Economic growth and a poverty alleviation scheme.

BELKIN AID (NGO NL) a Multi-Million Euros NGO group was established with
the objective Of Human Growth,Educational and Community development.

In line with the 28 years anniversary program, the BELKIN AID (NGO NL) in
conjunction with the European Council is giving out One Hundred Million
euros
funds as specific Donations/Grants to 150 lucky international recipients
worldwide in different categories for Business development and Social.

These funds are freely given to use for your business and educational
development, charitable work and your community development at large.

Your Email was selected Based on an internet random selection exercise, You
therefore confirmed one of the lucky recipients and are entitled to
1,500,000.00. (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros) as charity
donations/aid from the BELKIN AID (NGO NL).

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.

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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