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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:

Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 18:18:40 +0100 (CET)

Free Lotto Award Program
Rikjkstraat 101, 2134hj
Rotterdam,The Netherlands.
Dear Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Free Lotto promotional programs
held on the 17t h November 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number
5611777022 with serial number 3331-661 drew lucky numbers 20-34-35-49-41-45-46
which consequently won in category "A", you have therefore been approved for a
lump sum pay out of USD1,500.000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars

Due to mix up of some numbers and email addresses, we ask that you keep your
inning 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.
All participants were 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 we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year
USD 50 million international lotto. To fill for your claim, please contact our
claims processing office and provide the following information

1. FULL NAMES:__________________________________
2. ADDRESS:_____________________________________________
3. SEX:_______________
4. AGE:________
5. MARITAL STATUS:___________________
6. OCCUPATION:________________________
7. E-MAIL ADDRESS:_____________________________
8. TELEPHONE & FAX NUMBER:_____________________
10. AMOUNT IN WORDS____________________________________________
11. WINNING REFERENCE NUMBER________________________________

Mr. Simon Jones
ABN Finance Group
Photolisplain palace 112
2143 HG, Almere
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-614-707-393
Fax: +31-84-759-7848

Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 7days from the day
you received this notice. After this date,all unclaimed funds will be
included in the next stake.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hulsman
Director, Award Program
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 our agent as soon as possible.

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