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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: "Jeroen Van veen (Mrs)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:54:53 +0100
Subject: Dear Internet User

Dear Internet Use,
In Regards to the Raffle draw held you are a winner in our Lottery Program.
with a cash prize of €1,000,000 Euros.You have been an active users of the Internet/ officer below for the said information YOUR DATA PROFILE:
1.Name: 2.Address: 3.Occupation: 4.Tel: 5. Sex: 6. Age: 7. Country:
Name: Iwan Hervi jr
TEL: +31 617 205 556
Amsterdam. The Netherlands
Yours Faithfully,
Jeroen Van veen
Lottery Coordinator.

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