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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: "LOTTO NL. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE" <nl_lotto5vvygtj@libero.it>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 05:17:24 -1100
Subject: AWARD DEPARTMENT

TICKET NUMBER: 0362728
LOTTO NL. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
AWARD DEPARTMENT
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS

Sir/Madam,

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the Second Category draws of THE LOTT NL.PROMO INT. We are happy to inform
you that you have emerged as a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The results of the draws have been officially announced ..Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as
part of our International Promotions Program.

Your email address, attached to ticket number 0362728,with serial number 990-4289 and lucky number P-065377-H?22/a7 consequently won in
the First Category. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of 1,500,000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros), which is the winning payout for Category A winners. This is from a total cash prize of 15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Euros) shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category. In your best interest to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to your account.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants/no participants of this program.
Please contact our paying bank immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in your
correspondence with your paying bank. Also give them the following information
Name
Telephone numbers and fax
Age
Address
Occupation
REF
Number: NM/BC921245/KY14
BATCH No: NM/207161/WOP.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank. To begin your claims,kindly contact the paying bank with the below information:
Union Credit Bank
Contact person: Mr. Jan Van Dijk
International Remittance Officer
E-mail:unirocrebank100@aim.com
Tel: +31 614 990 140
Fax: +31 847 570 900
***********************************************
NOTE: All claims are
nullified after 10 working days from today if unclaimed Congratulations
once again from all our staffs, and thank you for being part of our
promotions program.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Tonia Van Smith
Online

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