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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: van@vbosch.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 17:56:43 +0100 (CET)
Subject: APPROVED SUM BY LOTTO.NL.


APPROVED SUM BY LOTTO.NL.
LOTTO.NL
PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF No: TAI/271-431/60
BATCH No: SEY/156/TV
TICKET No:20511465463-7644
SERIAL No: 472-9768-98
LUCKY No: 8-66-97-22-65-99
WINNING EMAIL NOTIFICATION.
Dear Lucky Winner,
We bring to your notice the results of the Free Email Computer Ballot Jackpot 'A' draw
1st Category of LOTTO.NL held today.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOUR EMAIL HAVE WON.
This lottery is a promotional program by LOTTO.NL
(Biggest lottery Organization in the Belgium/Netherlands) to
advertise to the world its existence. All participants were selected
through a computer ballot systemdrawn from over 50,000 companies and
2,000,000 individual email addresses from all over the world, as part
of our international promotions program, which we intend to conduct
several times a year.
Your E-mail address attached to Ticket number 20511465463-7644 with
Serial number 472-9768-98 drew the lucky numbers 8-66-97-22-65-99,which
consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved
for a lump sum payout of Eur.1,500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Euros).
This is from a total cash prize of Eur.9,000,000.00 Million shared
amongst Six International Lucky Winners in the Category A + (Plus).
Be informed that your documents have to pass our authority
to obtain a clearance, which shall be attached to your document in
readiness of the subsequent onward transfer into your nominated mode of
payment within 48 hours of completion of the authentication.
Due to the possibility of unscrupulous individuals filing a
double claim, we suggest that you keep this award strictly
confidential until your claim has been processed and notarized and your
certificate of award obtained. This is in conformity with the lottery
claim regulations by our Organization & the Netherlands Gaming Control
Board.
This is part of our security protocol measures to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse ofthis program by some
participants/non participants.
All winnings must be claimed not later than 10th december 2006. After this
date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next
stake. Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
To file for your claim, please contact your processing agent
CONTACT:
Tel:0031643885051
Fax:0031847233832
(Transfer Manager.)
Mr. F. Van.Bosch.
Reply Email:vanbosch@iwon.com
All winnings must be notarized and a certificate of award must be obtained from the Netherlands Gaming Control Board to complete to effect transfer of your winning
prize,this certificate can only be obtained through legal representation in the
bank,so winners will be referred to an independent lawyer acting as a
referee to assist in this process. Winners are responsible for their legal/cost
of transfer charges.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
provide the following when replying:
Name:
Nationality:
Country of
Residence:
Occupation:
Tel number:
Ref no:
Batch no:
Kindly remember to quote your reference number number in all
correspondence.
Congratulations once more from our members of
staff and thank you for being part of our promotional
program.
Yours truly,
Mrs.R.Hansen.
(Co-ordinator)
NOTICE: You have received this message from Lotto.nl prize
dept. at your winning e-mail 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 e-mail.
************DO NOT DELETE THIS MESSAGE**********

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