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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: volkswagen newdutchwin <volkswagen@volkswagennewdutchwin.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 12:34:02 +0100 (CET)
Subject: NEW YEAR WINNING BONNAZZA


NEW YEAR WINNING BONNAZZA
THE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
Volkswagen Automobiles
RE REF: ES/DZYIL30/LU06.
OUR REF:05/AMST005164/SK
BATCH NUMBER:SNL41484/06
EMAIL ADDRESS TO CONTACT:netherlandlottpl@netscape.net or netherlandlottpl@aim.com
OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION see winning website :http://www.virtualworlddirect.com/vwdguest/guests_eu_results.asp
This is to inform you that have been selected for a cash prize of Euros500,000.00 ( Five Hundred Thousand Euros) and a brand new Volks Wagen Car , International programs held on the 2nd of January 2007 in The Netherlands.
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system(ess) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.
The Volks Wagen Car Promotional Lottery is approved by the Netherland Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.
To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims officer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:
================================================================
Mr. Sirine Cesar Filling agent.
Email Address:netherlandlottpl@netscape.net or netherlandlottpl@aim.com
===============================================================Claims Requirements:
1.Name in full---------------------------------------------------------------2.Address--------------------------------------------------------------------
3.Sex--------------------------------------------------------------------------4.Nationality------------------------------------------------------------------5.Maritual Status-----------------------------------------------------------
6.Age--------------------------------------------------------------------------7.Next Of Kin----------------------------------------------------------------8.Occupation----------------------------------------------------------------
9.Phone/Fax------------------------------------------------------------------
10.Present Country--------------------------------------------------------
==================================================================
Please Note:that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your winning certificate and all winnings must be claimed not later than one month.after this date all unclaimed winnings will be null and void.
*Winner under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified.
*Staff of the Volks Wagen Company are not to partake in this Car Promotional Lottery.
Accept my hearty congratulations once again!
With Best Regards
Mr Sirine Cesar
Lottery Manager.

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