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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: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:52:52 +0100


Ref: GPS6091/2031ASL
Batch: BGS8022/14FCC
Winning No: DHN732/301NL

We are delighted to inform you of our Lucky days lotto prize award held onthe 16th
of January 2010, from Den Haag Netherlands. This lotto awards is fully based on an
electronic selection, Winners were picked by computerized system, drawn from over
43,000,000 companies and individuals e-mail addresses worldwide. This draws were
officially announced 16th of Fabuary 2010, Your email ID has hereby been approved
a lump sum pay out of €1,319,573 Euro in cash credit file Ref:GNP501/731KW from the
totalcash prize of €3,958,720 Euro shared amongst Five lucky winners in difference

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

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

Congratulations!! once again.

Yours in service,
Mrs. Cartrina Zeynep
Public Relations Officer

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