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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: "INFO PRIZE DETAILS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 02:12:01 +0100
Subject: Netherland Lucky Day

Netherland Lucky Day

We are delighted to inform you of our Lucky Day Lotto prize award held on the 10th of February 2010
in Netherland. This lotto awards is fully based on an electronic selection, Winners were picked by
computerized system, drawn from over 43,000,00 companies and individuals e-mail addresses worldwide.
This award is officially announced 10th of March 2010, Your email ID has hereby been approved a lump
sum pay out of €1,319,025 Cent in cash credit file Ref: GNP501/731KW, Batch: AM72/PGS27/09FC,
Winning No: DC61/PDN32/01NL

Simply contact Our Office of Foreign Financial Security From Vsb Netherland for your prize claim

Mr. Rob Van Dirk.
Tel +31-684-874-123,

Congratulations! once again.

Yours in service,
Mrs. Marrith Driker
Dpt Sec
Nl. Lucky Day Loto

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