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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: "Bankgiroloterij" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:31:05 -0700
Subject: Email user

Bankgiroloterij NL.
File Serial No: DC-4540/040MY.
Payment Ref No: AMCMAR/03-14


We are pleased to announce to you the out come of our Internet Sweepstake program that was conducted on the 10th Day of April, 2014. This e-mail address with a File Serial Number: DC-4540/040MY which was extracted among other e-mail addresses from the Internet Data Base has won you the email beneficiary cash prize money of €1,925,000 Only (One Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand Euros Only). You are advice to contact our Payment Department through the below stated details for the release of your prize money.

Mr. Albert Zeeman.
Tel: +31-659-074525
Fax: +31-844-380016

As part of our security protocol/record purposes, we kindly ask that you keep your winning information securely should in case you were requested to reconfirm the winning details in future references. This lottery program was conducted and sponsored by us and in conjunction with a consortium of software companies. Your winning must be claimed not later than the 28days of your receipt of this message hence we advice you provide our payment department as mentioned above with the below stated details for the processing of your payment file.

1). Complete Full Names:
2). Residential Address:
3). Occupation:
4). Phone/Fax Numbers:
5). A Scan Copy of any valid proof of your Identification like International Passport or Driver’s License that will be use for the processing of your payment file:

Congratulations and thanks for being part of our Lottery program.

Sincerely yours,
Hans Mayer. (Programs Coordinator)
For: Bankgiroloterijo NL. (Lotto is een onderdeel van De Lotto).
Copyright(c) 2013 by Bankgiroloterij, the Netherlands.

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