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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: "Mr. Frank Henrik" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:42:59 +0100
Subject: Claim Your Award


We are delighted to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the first Category of our promotion. Winners were picked by computerized system, drawn from companies and individuals e-mail addresses worldwide. The draws were officially announced 8th of Febraury, 2011. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum of € Million Euros), which is the winning pay out for Category A winners.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your Reference Number, Batch numbers, Ticket Number. Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence to our claim Department and also the following information;
[I] Reference Number: 947/120/843/Bv
[ii] Ticket Number: TL416/ 372/525/40
Iii] Batch Number: 3764881-082-NL
[iv]Serial Number: 7-30-14-18-1509
[v] Lucky Number: 33-10-20-24-34-44
Please contact Sponsorlotterij Claim department immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize money to your designated account of your choice:
Mr. Frank Henrik.
Tel: +31-617-462-480
Fax: +31-847-144-414

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. Mary Wilbeirt.
Public Relation Officers.
Sponsor Bingo Loterij international Award 2011

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