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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: "Prizeaward" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:57:09 GMT

Postbus 3074,2280GB
The Netherlands

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual =
final draws Euro Online Promotions held in Rotterdam,The Netherlands on =
the 20th of July;2008.The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an =
exclusive list of 500,000 e-mail addresses of individuals and corporate =
bodies selected by an advanced automated random computer search from the =

No tickets were sold.The selected e-mail addresses were attached to =
tickets numbers which were spinned by our ballot machine.Your e-mail =
address attached to ticket number 710160033343 emerged as one of ten =
winners in the category =22A=22 with the following winning information =
:REFERENCE N0 :NLT 30018, BATCH N0: VBJ01773432

You have been approved for a payment therefore of EURO 1,000,000.00(one =
million EURO)Be advice to 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.

You should contact our claims agent that will assist you in the claimant =
procedure on the information below:
Name: Mr Peter Van Der
Tel: +31-649-304-315
Fax: +31 847 254 686
Remember to quote your winning information,that is your reference/batch =
number and your personal information as stated below:

1. Name in full
2. Address
3. Nationality
4. Agea
5. Phone/Fax

Congratulation once more
Yours faithfully,
Mary Van Dotcha
Games/Loterij Coordinator=

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