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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, 30 Jun 2006 16:26:26 -0700

Dear Consolation Prize Winner,

This email confirms that you have been notified of by the DE LUCKYSTAR E-GAMES LOTTO BV DE Netherlands of your email lottery winning for 2006 LUCKYSTAR LOTTO -Wheel E-game held on 28th February 2006.

We wish to congratulate you on the selection of your email coupon number, which was selected among the 45 lucky consolation prize winners. Your email ID identified with Coupon No.NL132478 and was selected by Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the Lotto-Wheel E-game. Your email ID included among the 50,000 different email addresses where submitted by our partner international email provider companies.

Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
Lottery Group: Consolation Prize Group
Prize Amount: 1.500,000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro Only)
You are required to file claims for your lottery prize winning by contacting the Lottery Claims Processing Officer with your winning information provided above before 14 working days.
Lottery Claims Officer:

Name: Mr. Van Dirk
Tel:+31644911685 or 0031644911685
Fax: 0031-847-520-740 or +31-847-520-740

Congratulations once again from all our staffs on your consolation prize winning, we hope you will partake in our forth coming DE LUCKYSTAR E-GAMES.

Yours truly,

Mrs.Mavis Cook
(Lottery Coordinator)
NB: all response should be mail

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