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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:50:55 +0200


This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of trustees of the above International charity organization based in the Netherlands as one of the final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your own personal, education and business development.

Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$2,500,000.00 as charity donations/aid from the Stitching INGKA Foundation and the UNO in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament(note that your email was selected from either the internet, after absolute viewing of your profile or a Shop's cash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from).

You are required to expeditiously Contact the Executive Secretary below for qualification documentation and processing of your claims, from Monday through Sunday.

On contact with this officer, you'll be given your donation pin number which you will use in collecting the funds. You are to contact back this email when you have collected your US$2,500,000.00

Please endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers (N-882-1237, N-900-16) in all discussions.

Executive Secretary,
Mr. Van Nelson
Tel: +31-643-862-769

You will provide him with the following information:

First name:
Last Name:
Telephone/Fax number:

Finally, all funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries, not later that 7 days after notification, as failure to do so will be to that particular beneficiary cancelled and its donation reserved for next years receipients.

On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Hilda Williams
(Foundation officer)

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