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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: susan henk <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 17:04:16 +0200

KRASLOTEN AGENCY, c/o the Krasloten Firm 26b Brendastraat 4523 TG, S'Gravenhage, the Netherlands Ref.No: AIF616268829 Ticket: 627462128TW Batch Number: 75/09/INL, Lucky Number: 2-21-21-43-46 To the e-mail bearer, It gives us great joy to acknowledge you as the recipient of our yearly draw, held on the 30th day of June, 2007.
You have therefore emerged as a recipient in the first category with an award of Two Million United States Dollar (US$2,000,000.00USD) United States dollars in this annual middle of year promo. Your e-mail ID attached to the above stated Ticket No. emerged as one of the winners in our random sampling certified device, confirmed also by eminent representatives of the accredited charity bodies. Revenue for this charitable programmed is derived from non-governmental agencies and major multinational firms cutting across the Europe-American community. In compliance with the sponsoring bodies' consensus, you are to make a remittance of a part of your won fund, not lower than 20-percent to a recognized charity home within your locality, after receiving your award/prize. Please, for all enquiries and further procedure of claim, liase with the designated supervisory agent, Mr. Jas Van Roode via Congratulations once more, Susan Van Henk (Mrs) Info.Director 11
NB: Kindly indicate your Ticket No. in your reply and also note that this is purely a charity-base promo.
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