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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: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 19:17:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: WINNING

GOLDMINE NETHERLANDSSWEEPSTAKE LOTTERYSt Maarten 45V,4426 AS AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND 2007 EMAIL BALLOTING GOLDMINE HOLLAND NETHERLANDSFROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT.REF NO: BTL/4910X1/04BATCH NO: 12/25/0304WINNING NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE GOLDMINE HOLLAND NETHERLANDSLottery wishes to inform you the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program by the NETHERLANDS held on 13th Feb,2007. Your email address was attached to ticket number 56475600545-188, with serial number 5388/02, drew with lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, and consequently Won the lottery in the (A) category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Microsoft users from company and individual email addresses.You have therefore been approved a lump sum of ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS (1.2 MILLION DOLLARS).Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims ha!
been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoiddouble claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, For the release of your winning, kindly contact your claims agent:==================================================== THE CLAIMS AGENTS!!Prize Remittance Dept,MRS TINA MARIAM.(Claims Manager).EMAIL: ====================================================Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the Release of your funds as soon as you contact him and you are to quote your lucky number for confirmation on your winning in every correspondences with claims agent. All winning must be claimed not later than 28th Feb, 2007. After this date all unclaimed funds will be returned to European Union Treasury as unclaimed.Furthermore, should there be any Change of your address; do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations!! again from all our staffs and thank you for being part
of our promotional lottery program? Congratulations once again from all the staff here.For the avoidance of doubt, your email address was gotten from one of our network websites that you visited and it emerged as one of lucky winners.To proceed on your claim validation, we will need your particulars to verify your winning.This will be required to draw up the winning papers in your name.Please attach a recent passport photograph if available(For identification at payment point)1. FULL NAMES:_________________________________________________2. DATE OF BIRTH:_________________________________________________3. SEX:_________________________________________________4. MARITAL STATUS:_________________________________________________5.CONTACT ADDRESS:_________________________________________________6.TELEPHONE NUMBER:_________________________________________________7.OCCUPATION:_________________________________________________8.BRIEF DESCRIPTION
OFCOMPANY/INDIVIDUAL:_________________________________________________Upon receipt of the duly requested data which is to be sent via email, you will receive the contact information of the payment office to effect the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit.Sincerely YoursMR KEN JOHNSONZonal Co-ordinatorPromotions Manager(GOLDMINE HOLLAND)

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