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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: "Lotto Netherlands"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:12:46 +0200
Subject: Final Notice

OUR REF: NL/WW/9039/43119
YOUR REF: VJL/TR/00765T5 43


Winner in the 2nd category of our DELOTTO free Net Lottery Promotional
award draws held in May 1 2010.

I am writing in respect to your lotto winning prize of TWO MILLION, EUROS (2,000,000.00 euros)
which you won through the email ballot draws in the EUROMILLION Promotional Award in May 1 2010
in the second category prize winnings category.

We wish to inform you that your total prize money Of 2. 000,000.00 Euros has remained unpaid by our treasury
and credit office after the initial letter to your address for your payment was not successful.

You are hereby requested to contact your Syndicate claims process agent
and immediately update your
claims process for your payment.

Foreign Service Claims Agent
Mr. Andrew Payne
Tel/Fax : +31-847-592-103

You are adviced to provide the following informations:
1. Name in full,
2. Address,
3. Nationality,
4. Age,
5. Occupation,
6. Phone/Fax

Accept our felicitations!
Signed: Mrs.Rogers Valerie Sage
For: Manager.(Events,Draws and Promotion).

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