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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: "DE NEDERLANDS LOTTO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <claimsprocessingoffice@aol.nl>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 18:21:35 +0100
Subject: ** MARCH FINAL NOTIFICATION **

FROM THE DESK OF THE CO-ORDINATOR INTERNATIONAL
PROMO/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
DE LOTTO NETHERLANDS.
http://www.lotto.nl
 
 
 
 
Congratulations Dear Email Account Holder,
 
We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on Saturday 5th, March 2011. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for the game.
 
However your email address was attached to File Number DNL/770982749/011, Reference Numbers: DNL/0182/0312, with Batch Numbers: DNL/05/09/10, Serial Numbers: DNL: 927211503, and draw the lucky Numbers: DNL/06/31/10/08/03, which eventually won the lottery in the first category of the draws. Therefore you have won a lottery jackpot prize award of 2,000,000.00 (TWO MILLION EURO ONLY) this is from total prize money of 30,000,000.00 EUROS, distributed to 15 winners from 1st to 3rd categories.
 
Note that this program was largely promoted and sponsored by a group of philanthropist, industrialists from world wide ware industry and some other big multinational firms who wish to be anonymous.
 
Telephone lines are open between the hours of 9.00am - 11.30pm from Monday through Saturday. To file for your claim, please contact our claims manager with the information below:
 
MR. FRED DE JONG
Tel: 0031-626-636-610
Email: lottonetherlandclaimagent@aol.nl
CLAIMS MANAGER.
 
 
You are to provide the following informations below to our claims manager for confirmation and verification:
 
(1). REFERENCE NUMBERS:
(2). BATCH NUMBERS:
(3). SERIAL NUMBERS:
(4). DRAW NUMBERS:
(5). FILE NUMBER:
 
 
These details facilitate the due process and the release of your winnings prize to avoid unnecessary delays and complications in the processing of your winning Prize funds.
Always remember to quote your FILE NUMBERS, REFERENCE NUMBERS, SERIAL NUMBERS AND DREW NUMBERS, in any correspondences with your agent.
 
Your prize award has been insured with your email address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the requirement of the gaming board authority which is your statutory obligations. Be advice that all winnings information pertaining to this winning fund should be kept extremely confidential till the funds get to you. This is to avoid double claiming of prize.
 
Congratulations once again from all members and staff of this program.
 
 
Sincerely,
Mr. Hans Van Peterson
DE LOTTO NETHERLANDS PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR.
http://www.lotto.nl
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE: if you are below 18 years of age, you are automatically disqualified. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact our accredited claims department immediately for the remittance of your lottery winning prize.
 
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                                                                                                         Copyright 2011 De lotto Netherlands, N.V

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