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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: "Van Rob" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 08:58:27 GMT

Direkt Bank
Karspeldreef 6A 1101 CJ
Tel:+31 634 239 219
Fax:+31 847 119 436 
Den Haag , Netherlands.
Dear Winner,

 Kindly be informed that you have just won your self a 1million euro by the Euro Lotto Million and my bank is the one to  remitt your won prize to your nominated account.there was never a lotto promotion before i guess you must have falling in to the wrong hands, may be we can also assist you to track them for you but first i have to disccus it with the Lotto Gaming Board.We strondly advise you keep this your winning details confidential to avoide double claims.

Thanks in advance for banking with us.
Yours Faithfully,
Evlyne Bakker(Mrs)
For: Mr. Van Rob

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