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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: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 02:53:11 +0100
Subject: Netherland Lucky Day

Netherland Lucky Day

We are delighted to inform you of our Lucky days lotto prize award held on
the 16th of January 2010,in Netherlands. 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 19th of Fabuary 2010, Your email ID has
hereby been approved a lump sum pay out of €1,319,000 Euro in cash credit
file Ref: GNP501/731KW, Batch: BGS22/14FC, Winning No: DHN32/31NL

Simply contact Our Foreign Financial Office of De Vsb Security Netherland for
your prize claim immediately.

Mr. Rob Van Dirk.
Tel +31-68 4-874-123,

Congratulations!! once again.

Yours in service,
Mrs. Cartrina Zeynep
Dpt Sec

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