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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: "Louise Van Boss (Mrs)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:12:21 +0200
Subject: Your Email Informations -


Dear Internet User,

This is to formally inform and congratulate you on the result of our Cyber Lottery draw of the International Prize
E-Promotional Draws sponsored by consortium of software manufacturing companies.

The online electronic-raffle draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 250,000 international emails accounts
picked by our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) from an exclusive list However, no tickets were sold. After
the automated computer ballot collection, your E-mail address emerged as a winner category "A" with the following numbers attached:

(i) Reference Number: NSL 91104 EL 7612 (ii) Batch Number: 563881545-NL/2010 (iii) Ticket Number: GB 3502/8707-01

You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00(Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
from the total payout sum.The payout of this cash prize to you will be subject to the final validations and satisfactory
report that you are the owner of the winningemail address. In line with the Governing rules of claim,you are required
to establish contact with your designated claims agent via email or telephone with the particulars below:

Foreign Claims Agent
Amsterdam,Netherlands Office
Contact: Darren Smith jr
Tel: +31 617 205 556
Fax: +31 847 455 835

In line with the governing rules of claim, you are requested to call or furnish Mr.Smith With the following information:

1. Full name:
2. Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Tel/Fax:
5. Cell/Mobile:
6. Age:
7. Winning Ref Number:
8. Nationality:

We ask that you keep your Winning information confidential until your claims have been processed. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participant.


Louise Van Boss (Mrs)
Promotions Co-ordinator

Copyright © 2010 The International Prize Promotions Inc

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