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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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Fraud email example:

From: promotion <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 14:23:16 +0100


Dear Lucky Winner,


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded final draws of De Lotto Netherlands International Lottery programs. The
online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000
e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets were
sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in the category "A" with the following:

Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
Batch Number:26371545-LNI/2004
Ticket Number:54866235

You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of &#8364;1,500,000.00.(ONE MILLION,FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) each from the total payout.
Your prize awards has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transfered to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations,
verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our
licensed and accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the informatiom below:

Mr.Paul VanFrant
Financial Director,
Netherlands Development Finance Company,
De Amsterdamse
Poort Bijlmerplein
888 1102 MG Amsterdam
1000 BV Amsterdam

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 20 days. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember
to quote your reference information in all correspondence.

Be informed that you also have a winning number which you are to confirm from your Financial Director when contacting him.
He is to check the winning number from the web site address,to confirm the one that tallies with your reference,batch and ticket numbers,which
shall then finalize that you are the true winner of the lotto prize
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers. This is important as a
case of double claims will not be entertained.

Thank you and congratulations!!!
Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Mildred Hugo
Games / Lottery Coordinator.
De lotto Netherland International
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to Disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your claim agent. Also you are automatically disqualified if you are below 18 years of age.

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