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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:

Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 15:38:41 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: File Reference number: NL/071/HW48MG/007

File Reference number: NL/071/HW48MG/007
The Netherlands Staatsloterij
Paleisstraat 5, 2514 JA
Den Haag,Netherlands


The Board of Directors, members of staff and the International Promotion Department of the STAATSLOTERIJ (STAAT LOTTERY INTL,wishes to congratulate you over your success as one of the PRIZE WINNERS of 1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION EUROS ONLY) of the StaatsLoterij lotto International Promotion (SLP) that was held on the 17th July 2007 in Den Haag,Netherlands.The result released today,hence official notification!

The selection process was carried out through a random selection in our computerized e-mail selection system from a database of over 950,000 individuals and companies e-mail addresses drawn from all the continents of the world which your email,was among the category 'A' lucky winners.Your email address was attached to File Reference number: NL/071/HW48MG/007 and Batch No. NL21584001ST.

Most recently the foundation set up the NEW HOPE LOTTERY(STAATSLOTERIJ) to give out prizes based on the computer balloting system (THEREFORE YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A TICKET TO ENTER FOR IT.YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS A WINNER). You the beneficiary of the winning email would be responsible for the VETT/APPROVAL DOCUMENT CHARGES (FEES) of your lucky WINNING EMAIL ADDRESSE CHANGED to your FULL NAMES, before your winning prize can be transferred to your designated account of your choice.

As soon as we receive your response to this notification,our accredited Agent will start immediately to process your prize claim.Be informed that as Non-resident winner,your prize must be duly notarized at the Area Court here in the Netherlends.

To claim your prize,contact the claim/paying agent on the telephone number & email below:

======================================Dr.Roy Bosman
The Netherlands Staatsloterij
Paleisstraat 5,2514 JA
Den Haag,Netherlands.
Tel: 0031-616-939-667.

N.B: Terms and conditions on claiming your prize:

1. Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the claim/paying agent above.

2. Indicate your full names and address,Country,Contact telephone numbers,mobile,fax number,occupation and your Batch and Reference numbers to your claim/paying agent above.

3. Your winning prize is not DEDUCTABLE until it has been fully processed,approved and transferred to your designated account of your choice by the claim/paying Agent above.

The above claim/paying Agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your winning prize to you.Also note that you are to contact and process your winning prize not later than two weeks, after this date if you do not contact and process your winning prize,all funds will be returned to the NETHERLANDS' GAMING CONTROL BOARD (NGCB)
All informations have to be kept out of public until your winning prize has been processed and transferred to your designated account of your choice;this is to avoid double claim and unwarranted abuse of the programme by some participants.

The Staatloterij is sponsored by the Departments of Culture and Sports,we are proud to annouce that over 20,000.00.00euros won annually!

On behalf of the entire staff,congratulations!!

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Rosemary Van Ken.
Online co-ordinator.

Note:We do not respond to any message sent to this e-mail address,therefore,forward your reply to the above e-mail address.
This e-mail transmission contains information that is confidential and may be privileged. It is intended only for the addressee(s).

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