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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: Online Millionaire Lotto <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 21:20:43 +0000
Subject: Congratulations!!! winner in our program

Good day,
This is Rita Edward the Director of LOTTO.NL in the Netherlands and I hereby write to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 19th February,2007 in which your email address attached to ticket number LNT4567809095 and drew the lucky numbers 4-10-12-55-25-67,batch number 4578/NL and consequently won the sum of $1 million dollars USD credited into your security file LOTTERY REF NUMBER Amt/nt/423275/01 with our security agent in the Netherlands. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used and it is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users;so you do not need to buy a ticket to enter for our online lottery program. To start with,all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 50,000 company email addresses and 500,000 individual email addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America,
Africa and Asia as part of our International Promotions Program,and you qualified for the draw as a result of your visiting some of the various websites we are running over the internet.

Therefore,to confirm the legitimacy of our lottery program, the below website is one of the websites we are running over the internet concerning our lottery programs in the Netherlands.

However,to begin your claim,you are advised to forward a confirmation email including your name and telephone number to your claim officer at the paying Antunes Consulting Agency. Below is the contact details of your claim officer:


Conclusively,this email should not be treated as a scam scheme or be taken for granted,we are backed up by the appropriate lottery laws of the Netherlands and only the successful winners of our online lottery program receive this congratulation mail and because you won that is why this mail is being directed to you. Remember that all prize money must be claimed not later than 7 working days. After the last day, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. Congratulations once again from our team of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Rita Edward
(Lottery Coordinator)

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