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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: Email Lotto <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:19:18 +0100
Subject: Email Lotto Final Result (2007).

From Caecilia D. Lloyd (Mrs) (Claim Prize)
The Netherlands Email Lotto
Middenweg 97, 1098 AG
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
BATCH #: EGGS-541-623-782

Being officially assigned to select winners across the globe, the
management is pleased to inform you of the result of the Email Lotto (EL)
The Netherlands, Winners of the International E-mail lottery held on the
13th Febuary 2007 and result where release on the 16 February,2007. Your
E-mail address attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main
number 345- 790-241-671 drew lucky star numbers 34-32-90-43-32 which
consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for
the sum of $500.000.00 (Five hundred thousand dollars).

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has been processed and your
money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from all over the world.

This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Sotware Companies in order to
enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares
around the globe.

To file for your claim, please
contact our authorized payment agent:
Mr. Charles Greenem
Deputy-Manager (Payment office)
Cbgb Finance
Tel:+31 642 873 032
Fax:+31 847 599 024

Congratulations once more
from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our
promotional program.

Mrs. Caecilia D. Lloyd.
International Online Coordinator

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