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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: krasloten coordinator <mrs.henksusan634@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <kraslottoagency@aim.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 19:46:29 +0200
Subject: CONTACT KRASLOTEN AGENCY FOR YOUR CLAIM.



KRASLOTEN LOTTERY INTERNATIONALREF. NO: MSW/56B-672GH/L BATCH NO: 4583JL/WIN TICKET NO: NL754/22/76 LUCKY NO: 2-27-29-41-49AWARD NO: NL 22/15909 FROM DESK OF PROMOTION MANAGER{MICRO/KRASLOTEN EMAIL LOTTERY} www.krasloten.nl YOUR EMAIL ID HAS WON $2,000,000.00(TWO MLN USD) IN THE FIRST CATEGORY OF OUR COMPUTER BALLOT EMAIL LOTTERY HELD ON THE 1ST DAY OF AUGUST 2007. YOUR EMAIL ID EMERGED ALONGSIDE WITH TWELVE (12) OTHERS AS FIRST CATEGORY WINNER IN THIS YEAR'S ANNUAL KRASLOTEN LOTTERY DRAW.
MEANWHILE, TO CLARIFY YOUR DOUBT ON HOW YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WERE SELECTED AND FREQUENTLY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY LIKELY ASK (HOW DID I ENTER THIS CONTEST???HOW DID YOU GET MY EMAIL ADDRESS???HOW DID I WIN???).
ALL THIRTEEN (13) WINNING EMAIL ID WERE RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM A BATCH OF 50,000,000 INTERNATIONAL EMAILS. NO TICKET WAS SOLD BUT IT IS TO ENCOURAGE INTERNET USERS. TO CLAIM YOUR WINNING, CONTACT OUR CLAIMS DEPARTMENT OFFICE: NAME: HENRY ZIJPEN (MR.). EMAIL: kraslottoagency@aim.com EMAIL: kraslottoagency@yahoo.deTEL: +31-644-763-262 SEND THE FOLLOWING TO THE CLAIM DEPARTMENT: FULL NAMES, PHONE/FAX NO, REF NO, BATCH NO, TICKET NO, LUCKY NO, AWARD NO. SINCERELY, SUSAN HENK (MRS.) PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR.
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