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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: "Mrs.Valerie Stain" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 17:47:13 +0200
Subject: RELAY DATE: 09-06-09

Your last notification.
OUR REF: NL/WW/9039/43119

YOUR REF: VJL/TR/00765T5 43


Winner in the 2nd category of our DELOTTO free Net Lottery Promotional
award draws held in September 2007.

I am writing in respect to your lotto winning prize of ONE MILLION, EUROS
(1,000,000.00 Euros) which you won through the email ballot draws in the
EUROMILLION Promotional Award in December 2007 in the second category prize
winnings category.

We wish to inform you that your total prize money Of 1. 000,000.00 Euros
has remained unpaid by our treasury and credit office after the initial
letter to your address for your payment was not successful.

You are hereby requested to contact your Syndicate claims process agent
and immediately update your claims process for your payment.

Mr. Smith Leone
Foreign Service Claims Agent
Tel/fax: +31 641 458 379

You are advised to provide the following information’s:
1. Name in full,
2. Address,
3. Nationality,
4. Age,
5. Occupation,
6. Phone/Fax

Accept our felicitations!
Signed: Mrs.Valerie Stain
For: Manager.(Events, Draws and Promotion).

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