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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: "Andrews, Wanda" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:27:25 -0400
Subject: Winning Details

Winning Details

Attention To The Owner Of This Email Address

We are happy to inform you that your e-mail have won an Award Sum of $950.580.00 US
Dollas in Dutch Zerman Lotto held in Rotterdam In Netherlands. Winners were picked
by computerized system, drawn from electronic online world wide web. This draws were
officially announced 18th of February,2011. This compensation program was promoted
and sponsored by Dutch Zerman Lotto in Netherlands. No ticket was sold in this prize
award but winners were randomly selected from the electronic online world wide web
in all over the world. You can rich our Foreign Financial Office with your winning
information's by phone. Batch Num:DC62/F415/11BV, Ref Num:NT/22/DX906/83GL, Ticket

Contact: Dr. Steijn De Bernhard,
Tel: +31-684-874-123

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. Marrith Driker.(Dept Sec.)

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