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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, 06 Dec 2006 18:49:08 +0300
Subject: email award notice



Dear Winner,

This email confirms that you have been notified by LUCKYSTAR Lottery BV The
Netherlands of your email lottery winning , the LUCKYSTAR LOTTO-Wheel of
cash was held on 27th of November 2006.

Luckystar Lottery bv. is pleased to say a big congratulations on the
selection of your email coupon number, which was selected among the 45 lucky
prize winners. Your email ID identified with Coupon No.NL132478 was selected
by Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000
various email addresses enrolled by the Lotto-Wheel of cash , and selected
and duly supervised by an official Scrutineer.
Your email ID was included among the 50,000 various international email
addresses which were submitted to us by our partner an international email
provider company.

You are therefore required to file your claim of your winning prize by
contacting the Lottery Claims Processing Officer of Luckystar Lottery BV.
with your winning information provided below.

Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
Lottery Group: International Prize Group
Prize Amount: 1.500,000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro )

NOTE: all the winning prizes must be claimed by you the beneficiary before
14 working days and is not collectable by any other person.
The deadline is set for Wednesday the 20th of December 2006 for all
November winning prizes due to the upcoming christmas holiday's, winners
must be 18 years or older and you need to identify yourself through a legal
Pasport or ID card to claim your winning prize.

Our office openings are Monday till Friday from 08h30-18h00 GMT, otherwise
you can contact us through e-mail and we will reply ur mail or contact you
as soonest.

Mrs.Patricia Wijnen

Claims processing officer
Luckystar Lottery BV.
TEL: +31-616-719-218
FAX: +31-847-262-754

Charities - Beneficiaries of cash winnings are given a newsletter after the
prize pay out, as determined by the Charity Allocation Committee of
In addition to this distribution,we would like to ask your attention to
help to donate between 10% and 25% of your winning prize for the Stake in
most Luckystar games and is payable by the beneficiary to the International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies or to its order.

Congratulations once again from our staff on your winning prize ,we hope
you will partake in our forth coming LUCKYSTAR Lottery.

Sincerely yours,

Mrs.Mavis Cook
Luckystar Lottery BV.
The Netherlands

NB: all response should be mailed to , Head
Claims processing Officer Patricia Wijnen.

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