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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: "Email" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:00:05 +0100
Subject: Contact for confirmation:

Contact for confirmation:

We regret the embarrassment the system error from the
co-ordinator's office might have caused you. Category
'B' Prize amount is 500.000 Euro & not the figure
previously stated in the earlier notice.

Your email luckily emerged amongst 3 recipients of
=500.000 Euro each from an automated random
ballot program held for emails that frequent the Internet.

Contact: Mr. Dirk van Goes.
Tel: +31- 633 968 651,
Fax: +31- 847 549 511.

Send: 1. Your Full Names/Tel/Gender.......
2. Occupation...... 3. Nationality......

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