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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: susan@henk18.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 14:42:42 +0100 (CET)
Subject: AWARD! AWARD! YOU WON!.


AWARD! AWARD! YOU WON!.
EMAIL LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES
(ACCREDITED LICENSED AGENT TO KRASLOTEN LOTTERY)
http://www.kraslot.nl/contact/verkooppunten.html
Ref. Number: 182/524/7397
Batch Number: 629/878/211
Sir/Madam
We are pleased to inform you about the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 4th of January 2007. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 310851974- with serial number 191-222-74 KLA drew lucky numbers 7-8-17-22-25-40, which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$ 1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Due to the mix up of some numbers and name's we ask that you keep your winning 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 30,000 company and 60,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years.
This lottery, was promoted by the software corporation to compensate Some few individuals with website and email addresses, we hope that with part of your winning you will take part in our next year USD50 million
international lottery.
*****************************************************************
To file for your claim, please contact our FIDUCIARY AGENT:
Mr. Jas Van Roode of KRASLOTEN LOTTERY AGENCY.
TEL: +31-616-585-017
Email: infokrasloten5@winning.com
***********************************************************************
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 31th of January 2007. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
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.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for Being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Susan Henk
(Lottery Coordinator)

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