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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:

Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 17:36:23 +0100

Netherlands International programs

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of LUCKYSTAR E-GAMES PROMOTION held here in the Netherlands.

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/LMI
Batch Number:2637/2312-LMI/2005
Ticket Number:967666233

You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of 1,500.000.(ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS ONLY) each from the total payout. Your prize awards 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 informatiom below:

Mr. Robert Heniz
Financial Director, LUCKYSTAR E-GAMES
Netherlands Company,De Amsterdamse
Poort Bijlmerplein
776 1102 MG Amsterdam
1001 BV Amsterdam


(a) Note that there exists a periodic condition on all claims process, failing which would lead to disqualification and winnings Forfeiture. Winners are therefore advised to expedite their claims process.

(b) Being one of the lucky winners, you constitute entrant\'s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of our terms and conditions of claims toavoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of your prize awards winning.

(c) To avoid double claims, you are advised to keep your winning details very confidential, as any discrepancies resulting from a breach of this confidentiality on the part of the winners will becovered solely by such winner as our staffs are bound by the oath of secrecy taken on employment.

(d) By this lottery prize awards winning, you acknowledge your acceptance to be added to our lottery master player database.

(e) By this prize winning, you agree to receive periodic mailings which will include, but are not limited to; Newsletters, Invitations to Play, Announcements, Adverts and Offers we feel would be of interest to our master players, from all the sponsoring entities.

(f) By this winning, you understand that you reserve the discretion to be removed from any such mailing list which automatically disqualifies you from this and subsequent lottery entries. Removal instructions are on every mails.

(g) We hereby do solemnly pledge to maintain the privacy of our master players/lucky winners database and shall not make available for sale,rent,lease or the illegal use of information about our Players/winners.

Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.

Anybody under the age of 18 and members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this program.

Thank you and congratulations!!!

Yours faithfully,

Mrs.Mavis Cook
Netherlands International programs
N.B:all response should be mail

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