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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: "Sylvia interlink" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 05:20:26 +0000
Subject: Congratulation Lucky winner


We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today: Saturday Jan 07,
NETHERLANDS/INTERNATIONAL,PROGRAMS held on 1st of Jan 2006.Your email
address attached to ticket number
023-56678230954, drew the lucky numbers
7-14-21-42-49-59, batch number 6858/NL and consequently won the lottery in
the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved of a lump sum
pay out of EURO 850.000 (Eight Hundred and
Fifty Thousand Euro) in credited to file
LOTTERY REF NO.SGIL/763276/03.This is from
total prize money of Euro 20,000,000.00 shared
among the seventeen international winners in categories C with serial
number: IL/FLW/12-C033721192.All participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn form
25,000 company email addresses and 30,000,000
individual email addresses from Australia,Africa,
New Zea land,America, Europe, North America and
Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted

CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now in custody of a
financial Security company insured in your FILE
REFERENCE. Due to the mix up of some numbers and
names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from
public notice until your claim has been processed and
your money remitted to your account.This is part of
our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.
This lottery program was promoted by our group
of philanthropist here in Netherlands.
We hope with a part of you prize, you Will participate
in our end of year high stakes EURO 5,000,000 million
International Lottery.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
agent: Mr. Fredrick Johnson.

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 processing and remittance of your
winning prize to your designated account of your
choice. Be informed that all prize money must be
claimed not later than 29th Feb 2006. After this
date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications,you are to contact Mr. Fredrick Johnson.
with followings details below:
1. Your full names, private mobile telephone,
contact mailing address to receive winning certificate and
2. quote your reference/batch numbers in any
correspondences with us or our designated agent.

Furthermore,should there be any change of your
address do inform your claims agent as soon as
possible. Congratulations once again from our team of
staff and thank you for being part of our promotional

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Sylvia Ruitebeek
Lottery Coordinator


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