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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: "Ulf Van Anderson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:05:47 +0200
Subject: Important Email Notice.

Ref No.67324/371
Batch No.312/00643374
Ticket/Series No.NL6775489
Amount Won: €1,000,000.00

Attn: Internet User,

This is to formally inform and congratulate you on the result of the
online cyber lotto which was conducted online electronic-raffle draws was
conducted from an exclusive list of 250,000 international emails accounts picked
by our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) from an exclusive list However,
no tickets were sold. After the automated computer ballot collection,
your E-mail address emerged as a winner category "A" with the following numbers attached:.

You are therefore to receive a cash prize of €1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros).
To file in for the processing of your prize winnings,In line with the Governing rules of claim,
you are required to establish contact with your designated claims agent via email or telephone with the particulars below:

Foreign Claims Agent
Amsterdam, Netherlands Office
Contact: Iwan Hervi jr
Tel: +31 617 205 556
Fax: +31 847 455 835

In line with the governing rules of claim, you are requested to call
or furnish Mr.Hervi with the following information:

1. Full name:
2. Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Tel/Fax:
5. Cell/Mobile:
6. Age:
7. Nationality:

We ask that you keep your Winning information confidential until your claims have been processed.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participant.

Ulf Van Anderson
Promotions Coordinator

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