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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: "Staats Lotteria" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 02:55:17 +0100
Subject: Staats Loterij

Dear Sir/Madam,

Be informed that your email emerges in the electronic draw made on September, 2009. You have won yourself the sum of 980,000,00 Euro in NL Staats Loterij. To claim your prize, you are advised to contact our claims officer immediately, Adriaan Hans on email: ( and file for your claims quoting these references: REF: VDFS/562-5/1017; BATCH: GUX-7708-27-0789; Full winning details will be made known to you upon your confirmation of this mail and filing of your claims.

Adriaan Hans (Mr).
Lottery Processing Dept.
Tel: +31-645-139-114
Fax: +31-342-74-4505

Mrs.Inga van de ser.
Sweepstakes Coordinator.
Visit our website at:
Lotto is een onderdeel van De Lotto. Copyright(c) 2007 by De Lotto, the

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