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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: "vanessa kleef" <>
Date: 27 Dec 2006 05:04:40 -0000

Globa Agency (Globa Lotreij)&nbsp;The Netherlands
REF: EL/653164251591/6011BATCH: 151085135
Dear Sir/Madam
We are pleased to inform you of the result of theGloba Agency Electronic Lotreij Draw Program held onthe 1st of December,2006 in which your e-mail addresswas attached to reference number 653164251591-6011with serial number 73214,batch number151085135,lottery ticket number 690825 and draw luckynumbers 1-12-15-25 bonus number 41 which won a lumpsum pay out of(500,000)Five Hundred Thousand Euros.
All participants were selected through a electroniccomputer balloting system drawn from over FortyThousand company\'s and Twenty Million individual emailaddresses and names from all over the world.Thislottery was promoted and sponsored by Association ofsoftware producers.
To file for your claim, please contact our payingofficer:
Barry Kon,Remittance Department Director,TEL NO: +31 615 107 052FAX NO: +31 847 552 574Email:
You are also advised to provide him with the underlisted informationas soon as possible:
1. Name in full2. Address3. Nationality4. Age5. Occupation6. Phone/Fax
Congratulations once more from our members of staffand thank you for being part of our promotionalprogram.
Note: Anybody under the age of (18)Eighteen isautomatically disqualified.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Vanessa Kleef,For Management.

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