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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: Fri, 19 May 2006 12:48:47 +0200

Laan Van Hoornwijk 55, 2289 DG Rijswijk
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
BATCH: NL/ 9470A4/90
REF: NL/O88/60/HM152



We happily announce to you the Draw Number:124 of the Staatsloterij International Promotion, held on
May 19, 2006, in the Netherlands.
Your e-mail address was attached to a Ticket Number: STNIP/ 9-7710-1-NL with Reference number:
STNIP/HT54/88NL drew the Batch Numbers: STNIP/7F6T-6NL and (Security file number: STNIP/
2206/K707NL), which subsequently won you the lottery in the (A) category i.e. match the lucky numbers.
Our winners are arranged into four categories with different winning prizes accordingly in each category.
They are arranged in this format below:

A 4 EUR2, 000.000.00 each
B 7 EUR850.000.00 each
C 9 EUR470.000.00 each
D 12 EUR170.000.00 each

Your e-mail won you the prize in the (A) category,
You have therefore been approved to claim the total sum of 2,000.000.00euros (Two Million Euros) in
cash credited to file. This is from a total cash prize of EUR20.220.000.00 shared amongst the first Thirty
Three (33) lucky winners in these categories.
All participants for the online version were, selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through
computer draw system, and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that
are listed online. This promotion takes place annually.

Your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office, in Europe as indicated
in your play coupon. In view of this, your 2,000.000.00euros (Two Million Euros) will be released to you
by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds, as
soon as you contact him.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is
processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, Please contact your Validating Officer for VALIDATION of your winning within
Twenty-nine days of this winning notification. Winnings that are not validated within Twenty-nine days of
winning notification are termed void and invalid.

Name: Barrister Harris James
Foreign Services Validating Officer,
Staatsloterij NL International Promotion.
Tel: +31-652-066-584.

Note: Endeavour to email him your:
Full Names:
Winning Numbers:
Ticket Number:
Email Address:
Telephone Number:
Fax Number:
To enable him validate your winning.
Invalidated winnings after Twenty-nine days of winning notification will be termed invalid and void.

Congratulations from me and members of staff of
Staatsloterij NL.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Veronica Adams
Online coordinator,
For: Staatsloterij International Promotion.

De informatie in dit bericht is vertrouwelijk en is mogelijk
wettelijk beschermd. De informatie verzonden met dit
e-mail bericht is uitsluitend bestemd voor de geadresseerde.
Gebruik van deze informatie door anderen dan de geadresseerde
is verboden. Openbaarmaking, vermenigvuldiging, verspreiding
en/of verstrekking van deze informatie aan derden is niet
toegestaan. De Nederlandse Staatsloterij staat
niet in voor de juiste en volledige overbrenging van de inhoud van
een verzonden e-mail, noch voor tijdige ontvangst daarvan.

Deze voetnoot geeft mede aan dat deze e-mail gescand is door
een actuele virus scanner op de aanwezigheid van computer virussdn.

Met vriendelijke groet,
De Nederlandse Staatsloterij.

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