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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: "FROM:Ms.Rosemary Van Ken." <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 18:07:55 -0300
Subject: Staatsloterij Amsterdam-Netherlands


REF : MSB/BC921245/KY14
BATCH No : MBM/207161/007
LUCKY No : W-91237-H67/B4

We are pleased to inform you that your e-mail address has won the
Staatsloterij (€1,000,000.00) One Million Euros Lottery program held
on 24thJuly 2007,released today 26th July 2007.

The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of
21,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked
by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet,
no tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot,
your e-mail address emerged as one of Four winners in the category
"A" You are therefore been approve to claim the sum of (€1,000,000.00)
One Million Euros.

To file for your claims,you are to contact Mr Rene Huson on and Tel/Fax numbers stated below with
the following information.

Full Name :
Tel/Fax # :
Ref,Batch and Lucky Numbers in the email received :
country origin :
Amount Won :
Age :
Occupation :

Tel : +31-619-703-474
Fax : +31-847-445-425
Email :

You are advised to keep your winning details secret. Thanks for your

Yours faithfully,

Ms.Rosemary Van Ken.
(Co-ordinator International)

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