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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: "Euro Millions Netherlands " <>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 20:24:40 -0400 (EDT)

Euro Millions Netherlands International SweepstakeLaan van Hoornwijck 512201 AS Rijswijk HollandRESULTS FOR CATEGORY "B" DRAWSYOU WON: €715, 000, 00 Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the Second Category draws of the Euro millions Netherlands International Sweepstake Held on the 4th, September 2007.We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the Second Category. The draws were held to mark our first international program, for Microsoft users. , Which is part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25, 000, 00 Names/email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program. Three names came as the lucky winners you/your company email id, attached to ticket number 0101-6-105, with serial number 01-07 drew the lucky numbers 23-07-19-00 (14) consequently won in the
second Category. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of €715, 000,00 (Seven hundred &amp; fifteen thousand euros) which is the winning payout for Category" B" winners.This is from the total prize money of €2,145,000 shared among the 3 winners in this category. CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now deposited with a banking institute, based in Europe, and insured in your name. In your best interest and also 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 of this program. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our South European booklet representative office in Netherlands as indicated in your play coupon. We also wish to bring to your notice our end of year
premium stakes draw where you stand a chance of winning up to €5.5 million euros we hope that with a part of your prize you will participate in it. Please contact your file/claims officer immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:File/Claims OfficerFRANCIS MENTHOLROYAL &amp; SUN ALLIANCE AGENCYKRAMATWEG 11 1095JSAMSTERDAM-NETHERLANDSTEL: 31-616-119-277FAX: 31-847389274 E-MAIL: euromillionesnetherland@gmail.comYou are advised to contact your file/claims officer by email/fax within one week of receiving this notice. Failure to do so may warrant disqualification. NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in every correspondence with your claims agent.REFERENCE NUMBER: EUME/0723/19BATCH NUMBER: 010776/EUMECongratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.Sincerely,LAURA MCFADDEN THE

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