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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: claudia@claudiahanks5.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 15:14:46 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Congratulation Your E-mail Address Have Won!!!


Congratulation Your E-mail Address Have Won!!!
Lucky Day Lottery Nl
Address: Bezoekadres:
Laan van Hoornwijck 55
2289 DG Rijswijk.
The-Netherlands
Your Ref: Number: GLNL132/756/4007
Your Batch Number: SGN8901527-BB67

FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
Attn: Sir/ Madam.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of The Lottery Winners International programs held on the 18th of October 2006. Your e-mail address was attached to ticket number 27511465896-6410 with serial number 3772-510 drew lucky numbers 7-14-88-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of Euro 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euro).

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and non-participants. All participants where selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world drawn from Europe. America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa and North and South America. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year 50 million international lottery. To file for your claim, please contact your agent with the contact information below:

Director of Operation
Mr. Aaron Van Brook
Pacific Trust Agency Bv.
The Netherlands.
Tel: 0031-633-735-902
Fax: 0031-847-512-664
E-mail: pacificttrustnl@aim.com

Please Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30th of November 2006. After this date, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform your agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Claudia Hanks.
Lottery Co-coordinator.

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Note: In accordance with the Lucky Day Lottery policy and regulations, this message is dispatched directly to the recipient only. If you are not the rightful owner of this email address or feel that you have received this message by error, we advice you destroy this copy as you are not authorized to read, print, retain or disseminate any part of it.
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Copyright(c) 2006 by De Lotto, the Netherlands*



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