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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.Richje Dickman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 01:06:04 +0100
Subject: From: Mrs.Richje Dickman

From: Mrs.Richje Dickman
From: dayzers Nederland organization:
Dayzers Nederland: paleisstraat 5,2514ja,
The Hague, the Netherlands
Official Website:,

Result month of January sweepstakes program:

Our Dear winner,

Congratulations your email is among the seven lucky winners that won 1,000.000.00. (One Million, Euro) each in the just concluded draw held to promote dayzers lottery, Sponsored by COCA-COLA INTERNATIONAL Netherlands, for prize claiming, Contact dayzers claims department

Mrs. Voeman Morrison
Dr. Kelvin Peter
Tel: +31 657-797-011
Dayzers claims department

Contact the claims department on their telephone number +31 657-797-011or email the department on ( ) and also provide the following information
Your verification, while quoting: (1) Your full name(s) and nationality ;(2)your winning information; (3)telephone number.

These are your winning information’s:


Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 15 days of this notification,

Yours Faithfully,

Mrs.Richje Dickman

Please. Reply to ( ) for the processing of your winning amount.
Official Website:,

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