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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: "Freida Groot" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 01:00:59 +0200
Subject: Your Winning Ref No: UT771008-07.

Lucky Day Lottery NL.
Promotional/Sweepatakes Office
Laan van Hoornwijck 55
2289 DG Rijswijk
KvK: 41151075
The Netherlands.
Ref No: UT771008-07
Serial Number: 8LE02208
Date: 22nd April 2010.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of our Nederland’s Lucky Day Lottery International Internet Program that was conducted and release today the 22nd day of April 2010. Your electronic mail address which we attach to the program Ref No: UT771008-07 and Serial Number: 8LE02208 has been selected among the lucky recipient to apply for an approved payment claim of 2,220,000:00euros only (Two Million Two Hundred & Twenty Thousand Euro Only) each, being the beneficiary of this email address. You are hereby advice to contact our processing department for the processing of your winning documents for the release of your winning funds, with below stated details.

Mr. Bob Bongers
Lottery Processing Dept.
Tel: +31 684 476 490
Fax: +31 847 512 664

We expect you to provide them with details of the information below, for the processing of your winning documents.

1). Full Names:..................
2). Residential Address: ........
3). Occupation:..................
4). Sex:.........................
5). Phone/Fax Numbers:...........
6). Country of Resident:.........
7). Nationality: ................
8). Reference Number:............
9). Serial Number:...............
10). Amount Won:.................
11). Your winning Email Address..........
12). A scan or Fax Copy of any Valid Proof of your Identification like International Passport or Driver's License:................

All participants where selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world drawn from Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Africa, North and South America. Do note that every email addresses that were used on this program were gotten without the knowledge of each recipient. Be informed here that all winnings must be claimed not later than the 26th Day of April 2010, and that anybody under the age of 18yrs is automatically disqualified and hereby not eligible to apply for a claim of this amount.
Congratulations from our management as we expect you to make good use of your funds.

Sincerely Yours,
Freida Groot
Sweepstakes Coordinator.
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