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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: "SuperLaTivo Lottery NL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 13:39:29 +0200
Subject: Your Winning Ref No: NLD/WB5-9/8791 !!!

SuperLaTivo Lottery NL
Promotional/Sweepstakes Department
Akerstraat 19
6411GV, Heerlen
The Netherlands.

Dear. Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won 750.000:00 Euros (Seven hundred and Fifty thousand Euros Only) in the Netherlands SuperLaTivo Sweepstakes promotional program, conducted September 5th, 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.

Rene Willems (Mr).
Lottery Processing Dept
Tel: +31 684 402 774
Fax: +31 847 195 169

Your Winning Details.
Ref No: NLD/WB5-9/8791.
Batch No: 141/AB007581.
E-Ticket No: EAB-1254-051-509.
Serial No: DGK/6483/8311.

NOTE: 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..

Suzanne Marten (Mrs).
Sweepstakes Coordinator
The SuperLaTivo Free Lotto Awards is organized and sponsored by consortium of software companies to encourage the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.
Disclaimer and Confidentiality Notice: SuperLaTivo Lottery NL accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information here in contained. This message including any attachment here of is confidential and may be privileged or otherwise legally protected from disclosure and may only be read, copied and used by the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately ( and delete this e-mail message and any attachment permanently from your system. You must not copy this email or any attachment or disclose its/their contents to any other person or entity.

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