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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: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 18:46:22 +0200 (CEST)

Postbus 3074,2280 GB Rijswijk
The Netherlands

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of Bekijk trekking Loterij Euro Online Promotions held in Rotterdam,The Netherlands on the 24th of August 2007.
The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 500,000 e-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies selected by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.
No tickets were sold.The selected e-mail addresses were attached to tickets numbers which were spinned by our ballot machine.After this automated computer ballot,your e-mail address attached to ticket number 710160033843 emerged as one of five winners in the category "A" with the following winning information :
REFERENCE N0 :KH067/0068183JK
BATCH N0: KC-778/0617569601
You have been approved for a payment therefore of EURO 300,000(THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO)cash prize which will be paid to you upon authoriZation by The Netherlands Games Board.
Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Your prize has also been insured with the winning e-mail address.
You should contact our accredited agent that will assist you to obtain the authorization of payment from the Netherlands games board on the information below:
Contact person: Pieter Friesinger
VN Kozijn
Remember to quote your winning information,that is your reference/batch number and your personal information as stated below:
1. Name in full
2. Address
3. Nationality
4. Age
5. Phone/Fax
NOTE: All winning must be claimed not later than 15 working days from this notification.


Yours faithfully,
Ms.Marian Bewijk
Games/Loterij Coordinator.

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