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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: "Henry Morgan." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 22:50:17 +0100
Subject: Selected Email Notification

Selected Email Notification

This Email is to inform you that you have emerged a winner in Category (A) with
the sum of $2,500,000.00USD on our online lottery draws.

Your email address is identified with Batch Number:444821545-NL/2009 and
Ref No: NL 2009 OS 1973 in Category (A)

For further Information
contact our Lottery claims agent.

Name:Mr. Fredrick Hanssen
Tel: +31 626433877

You are advised to provide him with the following informations:

First name:
Last Name:
Telephone/Fax number:

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 8 days, thereafter unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake.
Remember to quote your reference information.

You are to keep all lotto information confidential, especially your reference and Batch Number.

Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Yours Faithfully,
Henry Morgan.
Lottery Coordinator.
Thank you and congratulations!!!

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