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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: "Your Subscriber" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:09:32 +0200
Subject: Selected Email Account From Your Subscriber


We are pleased to notify you the "Winner" of our last Secured Online sweepstakes result. This is a reward program for the patronage of internet services and all email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly selected from an internet resource database of registered software and domain users.

Reference Number: NL 2010 OS 1973
E-ticket number: 444821545-NL/2010
Category: A
Amount:USD 2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)

You should establish contact with your redeeming agent via e-mail or telephone with the particulars presented below:
Contact: Mr.Nelson Cole
Phone: +31 626433877

In line with the governing rules of claim, you are requested to directly contact Mr.Nelson Cole and furnish him with the following information:

1. Full name... 2. Address... 3. Occupation 4. Age..... 5. Tel/Fax.... 6. Winning Ref Number...........


Monica Ijburg
Promotions Co-ordinator

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