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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: "gilbert borg" <groteprijs00026@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 21:30:37 +0300
Subject: YOU HAVE WON!!

YOU HAVE WON!!

FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONAL LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/ PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
KROPAAR STRAAT 34, 1032LA,
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Ref. Number: NM/BC64367/KY23
Batch Number: NM/34w45/WOP

Dear winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the
Lottery Winners International programs held on the
16th November 2006,Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number: 1942896-9032 which drew lucky numbers
11-0-17-31-60- 75-9 which consequently won in
the 1st category,
Therefore,you have been approved for a lump sum pay out of
1,500,000.00 Euros (One
Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros)

This is from a total cash prize of 3 Million Euros,
shared amongst the First Three lucky winners in this
category.All participants were selected randomly
from World Wide Web site through computer draw
system and extracted from over 25,000 company
email addresses and 30,000,000 Individual email
addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America,
Europe,North America and Asia as part of
International Promotions Program.Europe
Klassenlotterie wish to be grateful to sponsors
who made this year's program a reality
(Sponsors//www.25peaces.at)
Revenue for this programme is derived from the
financing from major multinational firms cut across
the European community. Please note that your lucky
winning number falls within our Netherlands
booklet representative office.
In view of this,your One
Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros)
would be released to you by our payment office in
Europe.
Our Netherlands agent will immediately commence the
process to facilitate the release of your funds as
soon as you
contact him.For security reasons, you are advised
to keep your winning information confidential till
your claims is processed and your money remitted to
you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your
prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of
this program by some unscrupulous elements.Please
be warned To file
for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Mr. Alfred Riemen
Claims processing manager
EUROPW LOTTO PLUS
Email:financestanard@aim.com
Tel: +31-620-874-831
000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000
Immediately to process your winning which will
not take more than 10 working days from today.
Congratulations once more,Rebecca Folly Info.
Dir.11 NB:Kindly indicate your Ticket No in your
reply.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Alfred Riemen
Lottery Coordinator
Europw Lottery Program.

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