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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: irana@irana2.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 18:08:22 +0100 (CET)
Subject: QUOTE THESE NUMBER SIR/MADAM.LSLUK


QUOTE THESE NUMBER SIR/MADAM.LSLUK

NOTIFICATION!!! YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS HAS WON A PROMOTION (TWO Million DOLLAR Prize)
We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner of TWO million DOLLAR (2,000,000.00)DOLLARS. NOTE: to file for your claim, please contact the fiduciary agent. Find below your Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence with your claims agent.Mr.COLE VAN HANS,
PROMOTION DATE: 18th of November 2006. Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 8Th December 2006 after this date, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LSLUK/2031/8161/06, BATCH NUM:15/162/IP, TICKET NUM:NHP/8902/AML/4021 , SERIAL NUMBER: HGL/233/HO/16634
Our Contact Agent Email Address: group2agency@netscape.net

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Mr.COLE VAN HANS,
OFFICE Address: P.O. Box 3112 1106BG EMELO Netherlands.
Telephone: 0031-611-146-930, Fax number:0031-847-176-138
Our Contact Agent Email Address: group2agency@netscape.net

**********************************************
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr Irena Rudy. Lottery Coordinator.
Our Contact Agent Email Address: group2agency@netscape.net

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