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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: "Maltida Ruby" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 01.50.44 +0200
Subject: Your E-mail Account Has Won You 3,777,000:00euro! Kindly Call To Confirm Your Ref Nr.

SuperLaTivo Sweepstakes
Akerstraat 19
The Netherlands.

Dear. Sir/Madam,
We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won 3,777,000:00€ (Three Million, Seven Hundred & Seventy Seven Thousand Euro Only) in the SuperLaTivo Sweepstakes promotional program, conducted July 27th 2012, and the results were release today. This is a free promotional program sponsored by consortium of software companies, which means Lottery tickets were not sold.

For more information's/procedure of your winning claim, you are advice to contact our processing department with the contact information below, provide them with your winning details below and your winning email address.

Christopher Claus (Mr).
Lottery Processing Dept.
Office Tel: +31 708 919 353
Mobile Tel: +31 685 781 510
Fax Number: +31 847 195 169

Your Winning Details.
Ref Nr. DSLA777YHW-890L
E-Ticket Nr. 9090RKLM89
Serial Nr. MMH977/JJTI0

NOTE: Please be warned, your winning and its entire information are to be kept strictly confidential, this is to avoid previous bad experience this program has suffered, such as abuse of this program by other internet user who use the name of this company for unscrupulous activities and double claiming of winning entitlement because of insecurity of winning information on the part of beneficiaries. Always call to ensure you are dealing with the right office.

Maltida van Ruby (Mrs).
Sweepstakes Coordinator.
The information contained in this email is confidential. If the reader is not the intended recipient then you must notify the sender immediately by return email and then delete all copies of this email. You must not copy, distribute, print or otherwise use the information. Email may be stored by the Company to support operational activities. All information will be held in accordance with the Company’s Privacy Policy which can be found on the Company’s website -

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