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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: "LOTERIE ROMANDE \(Switzerland\)\." <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 22:24:25 +0100
Subject: Swiss lotto Notification-Final Notice..

La Loterie Romande
Rue Marterey 13,
1002 Lausanne,

'Reference number: LR/51-CH/4103'
'Batch: LR/09/17'

This letter is to formally notify you that your email identity has won EUR 2,500,000
(Two million five hundred thousand Euro) after our final email draws
conducted last week. Your email ID was attached to serial number : 09-7391 and drew the
winning numbers; 9-31-17-23-12-39

Please contact your assigned release manager, Mr.Williams Hartwell via his contact address
below for more information and release details;

'Mr.Williams Hartwell,
'Zurich Management Services Limited,
'Professional and Risk Services Manager,

In order to avoid unnecessary impediment and complications, please always
quote your reference (LR/51-CH/4103) and batch numbers (LR/09/17) in every
contact with your claims agent.

'BE INFORMED: Please note that winners are given three weeks from the date of notification
to claim your prize

Yours sincerely,
Leonard Declerck,
Promotions Manager,
Loterie Romande.

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