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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: "dayzers nederland organization" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:35:32 +0100
Subject: Internet/Web User:

Internet/Web User:
Your email is among the seven lucky winners that won (One Million Euros)EUR 1,000,000.00 each in the just concluded (26th of February,2011) draw held to promote dayzers lottery, Sponsored by COCA-COLA international Nederlands,(Claim deadline, 31st of March, 2011) for prize claiming, Contact dayzers claims department with your winning details:

TICKET NUMBER: DZNL 492 - 714 - 027 / 2009,LUCKY NUMBER: 09, 22, 36, 61, 63, REFRENCE NUMBER: NUWL / DZNL / 48326MST,BATCH NUMBER: DTOW 1396 62U7A,

Provide Dayzers Claims Department for your claim with the following: (1). your full name(s) and Nationality ;( 2). Your winning information; (3). Telephone Number.

Dayzers Online Lottery.
Dr. Gary Magill.
Dayzers Claims Department.
TEL: +31-643-861-532

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