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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, 30 Jun 2006 19:22:55 +0600
Subject: You Have Won
Suite 120 1007
South/Zuld, 1NL
Meppo Holland
(Customer Services)
Ref: NL/8161/99
Batch: NL/BE12-11

Government Accredited Licensed lottery promoters.
International Promotions/Prize Award Department
Login to Website:

We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the
national lottery held on the 15June, 2006. All 10 winning addresses
wererandomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this yearLotto. NL game drawConsequently, you have therefore been approved for atotal pay out of 1,000,000 (one million Euros) only. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference

number and batch numbers:

1, Batch 9484-9006-0076
2, Ref: 637409467-Nll
3, lucky numbers 1-0960-31-444

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon. Inview of this, your 1,000,000 (One Million Euros) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

To file for your claim, please contact
Advocate Steven cox
Tel: +31 -630 143 359
Fax: +31-84-722-8603
law & Associates

This will enable the office of law & asscociates to send the claims
application form (A4) to you the can confirm your
winningswhen you Login to Website: security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims 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. Remember, all winnings must be claim not later than July 7th, 2006, after this date, unclaimed funds will be returned to the Lotto. NL

Advocate Steven cox
Tel: +31 -630 143 359
Fax: +31-84-722-8603
law & Associates

Note:Send all your reply to

Yours faithfully,
Mrs Maria Van Boer
Online coordinator
Sweepstakes International Program.

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