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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: "LOTTO NL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:11:21 -0800
Subject: RELAY DATE:27-02-11

RELAY DATE:27-02-11
Your last notification.
OUR REF: NL/WW/9039/43119

YOUR REF: VJL/TR/00765T5 43


Winner in the 2nd category of our DELOTTO free Net Lottery Promotional
award draws held in December 2009.

I am writing in respect to your lotto winning prize of TWO MILLION, FIVE
HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS(2,500,000.00 euros) which you won through
the email ballot draws in the EUROMILLION Promotional Award in December
2009 in the second category prize winnings category.

We wish to inform you that your total prize money Of 2. 500,000.00 Euros has
remained unpaid by our reasury and credit office after the initial letter to your
address for your payment was not successful.

You are hereby requested to contact your Syndicate claims process agent and
immediately update your claims process for your payment.
Mr.Samuel Kane
Foreign Service Claims Agent
Tel/fax: +31 647 451 670

You are adviced to provide the following informations:
1. Name in full,
2. Address,
3. Nationality,
4. Age,
5. Occupation,
6. Phone/Fax

Accept our felicitations!
Signed: Mrs.McCulley Valerie
For: Manager.(Events,Draws and Promotion).

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