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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 15:38:43 +0000 (UTC)

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the LUCKY EURO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL programs held on the 30 September 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 4411465886-629 with serial number 5388/04 drew lucky numbers 7-14-17-23-31-44, which consequently won in the 2nd category; you have therefore been approved for a lump-sum pay amount of €700,000.00 ( Seven Hundred Thousand Euro) Only.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted, this is part of our security strategy to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 companies and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
This promotional program take place every Year, We hope that with your winning, you will continue to participate on this annual lottery promotions conducted by our joint corporation.
To file your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:Mr. Johnson Van salLottery Processing OfficeSubsidiary of Lotto NLPretoriustraat 144-1481505 GD Zaandam,The Netherlands.Tel: +31-626-538-151Email:
Please be informed that NON RESIDENCE of THE NETHERLANDS will be required to make a NON DEDUCTABLE advance payment of processment andlegal documentation charges of (€850 .10 Cent) Eight Hundred And Fifty Euro Ten Cent, to enable our legal department acquire Notorisation papers from the Court prior to award payment policy as required by the Paying Securiry Company.
Please be aware that your Paying Authority will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by our Processing Agent that would be designated to your file, for due processment and remittance of your winning prize to your designated account of your choice.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 11th of November 2005. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed, funds will be included in the next stake, which will be held in June 2006. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulation once more from every staff of Lucky Euro Lotto International.
Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Sincerely yours,Mrs. Juliana Mulder (Lottery Co-ordinator)Subsidiary of Lotto NL.Koningenstraat 191305 KZ Utrecht,The Netherlands.
NOTICE: You have received this message from Lucky Euro Lotto international prize dept. at your e-mail address because you have visited on our sponsored sites and have voluntarily given your email address to receive mails from their sponsors. If you wish to be taken out of this list do not reply to this mail, reply to the agent with the words (remove). If you are not the intended recipient, you must not, directly or indirectly, use, disclose, distribute, print or copy any part of this message. If you believe you have received this message in an error, please delete it and all copies of it from your system and notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail. Thank you.

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