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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: "CASINO FREE CASINO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 04:23:44 -0500
Subject: FREE CASINO Gratul?lunk ?n nyert

        AWARD NOTICE (Your E-mail Won.)Call Now.
YOU WON (1,200,000,00)Euros
BATCH: 14/017/ZHV /NL
REFERENCE NO : OHA/2456H987708/02
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on today 09/02/13 of Feb, 2013 .(Ticket Number:05894365847659 /Serial Number:4882-2/Lucky Number:13-29-12-85-37.)
Your e-mail address   attached to the ticket number which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Euros 1,200,000.00 (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Euros).
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you and this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 70,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every Two year. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next 50 million Euros International lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our Fiduciary Agent:
Contact Agent:Mr. Andre Rudolf Coertzen.
Tel: 0031 687 280 087
Fax:0031 844 384 514
Our fiduciary agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.This promotion was organized by some eminent personalities from all over the world to promote software companies and it takes place every two years. Please remember that all winning must be processed not later than 23 of Feb. 2013 or when authentic proof is given for the delay of filing your winning claim.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your full names,your country, your private Telephone and fax number, your reference/batch numbers etc in any correspondences with us or our designated agent .Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program and also thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Sincerely Yours,
Martina Carlos,
Lottery Co-ordinate!!

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