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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 18:49:58 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Fr.Mart V.Mallo.Congratulations!You Won:US$250,000,00 Dollars!

Fr.Mart V.Mallo.Congratulations!You Won:US$250,000,00 Dollars!
CASINO FREELOTTO EMAIL PROMOTIONS,Head office:colinstraat4-7,Almere,the Netherlands.
NUMBER:5577809-ANL/05OUR REF:05/NS9046/BV YOUR REF:NS/56670/45/05.
Dear Sir/Madam,
YOU WON:US$250,000,00 Dollars!
With utmost joy, we are pleased to inform you of the result of the Casino freelotto email users promotions held on the 26th of October 2005 drew a cash prize of US$250,000,00 Dollars. your e-mail address were attached to one of the ten winning ticket numbers 88965-with game Number 112700...You have therefore been approved to receive a cash prize of US$250,000,00(Two Hundred&Fifty Thousand Dollars)which your email consequently won in the 1st category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our sponsors databases, including over 50,000 companies and 150,000 individual E-mail addresses and names submitted by our agents drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe, North And South America, Oceania and around the world.
To file for your urgent claim, please contact ourapproved agent.
Roland DonkCASINO FREELOTTO AGENCYStraateen Plain 1855 Rotterdam The Netherlands.Tel:+31-619-056-199
It is part of our (security protocol to avoid double claiming and to minimize identification difficulties) advise that you keep this information strictly confidential to yourself until your claim is processed successfully and to avoid unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. please note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your winning certificate.
All winning must be claimed not later than 5th November,2005. After the expiration of this time frame, if your funds are unclaimed, it will be null and void.
In Order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your reference numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agents as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note: Persons under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Yours faithfully,Mart V.Mallo

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