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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: "International Lottery" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 18:14:17 +0000
Subject: Winning Notification!



Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws of Lotto International Netherlands 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: PC 390 ES 214
Batch Number: 26371545-LNI/2005
Ticket Number: PCP 002 871
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of
1,500,000.00. (ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) each from the
total payout.Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and
will be transferred 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 information below:
Mr. Van Bell Snr,
Remittance Department Director,
Tel: +31 617 186 560
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as
soon as possible:
1. Name in full:
2. Address:
3. Nationality:
4. Age:
5. Occupation:
6. Phone/Fax:

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days. After this date
all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote
your reference information in all correspondence.
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). Members of the affiliate agencies
are automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Thank you and congratulations!!!
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Lynn Rowlands,
Games/Lottery Coordinator.
Lotto International Netherlands
This email may contain information which is confidential and/or privileged.
The information is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity
named above. If you are not the intended
recipient,be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the
contents is prohibited. If you have received this electronic transmission in
error,please notify the sender by telephone or return email and delete the
material from your computer.
N.B: Do endeavour to reply to this
email:<> for prompt proccessing of your winnings.

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