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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: "jebez jann" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2008 17:36:51 +0200

Official Website:

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 8th of July, 2008. This is a scientific
computer game in which email addresses were used selected from the internet
online. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users in
all over the World. Your e-mail address attached to Ticket number;
GAN/231589763334 with serial numbers GAN/UYH667898365, Batch Number
GAN/2KU7876535425/JK, Reference Number GAN/8712098323 and
Drew from lucky numbers 765-998-923-983-897 which consequently won in the
2nd category. You have been approved for a lump sum pay out of US
$ 1,000,000.00 by the DAYZERS LOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL COMPANY in conjunction
with Microsoft Co-operation, Payable in cash credited to security file
numbers; GAN/POLK87653456545/KJ at the Netherlands Payment Bank.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and email addresses, we ask that you Keep
your winning information's confidential until your claim has been processed
and your winning fund remitted into your provided bank account as the
authorized legal beneficiary. This is part of our security protocols to
avoid unwarranted abuse of this Program by some participants. This
compensational program was sponsored by Microsoft Co-operation and William
Henry Gates III and His Giant cofounder of the Microsoft Corporation, holds
30.7 percent of its stock making him one of the richest people in the United
States and the world in general. Microsoft had help people and Businesses by
providing affordable, reliable and convenient payment services and software
in the world today and we have invested US$2.5b into software, hardware,
computers and a simple to use interface. Dayzers NL was Founded in 1726 and
one of the oldest lotteries in the world. On February 3rd, 2003, in an
endorsement of its work for refugees worldwide, UNHCR has received 1 million
euros in donation from the Netherlands Dayzers Company. It is a great
opportunity to anyone looking to increase sales through email marketing! So
you can realize your dream of financial independence. Note that all winners
were selected through a computer ballot-system drawn from over 850,000,000
companies and personal email addresses from all over the world online of
which three (3) where selected at random as winners in different categories.
Please contact the Clearance Department for your claim:

Mrs.Maris Godman,
For Dr. Jabez Jan van (Director of operations).
(clearance/administration consultants in the Netherlands)
TEL: +31-610-698-903, Fax: +31-847-301-110

Remember, all winnings must be claim not later than 29th of July, 2008.
After this date, all unclaimed Funds will be transfer to the International
Debt Payment Reconciliation Unit in the Literary Fund. The Literary Fund is
used solely for educational purposes, such as school construction,
renovation, and teacher retirement funding. Please note that in order to
avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to always quote your
Reference numbers in all your correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your contact address or
information's about you, do inform our clearance Agency immediately to avoid
disqualification of winnings.
Congratulations once again from all the members of our staff.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mrs. Y.R.C. (Yvonne) van Oort. (Lottery Director)
De Nederlandse Dayzers International.
Paleisstraat 5 2514 JA Den Haag

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