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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: "Mr. Vincent Rutgers." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:51:49 +0200

BankGiro Loterij NL.
Van Eeghenstraat 70,
1071 GK Amsterdam.
The Netherlands

Dear. Lucky Winner,

This notification may come to you as a surprise but take out time to read it carefully, as we wishes congratulate
you over your success in the just concluded and official publication of results of the e-mail electronic online
Sweepstakes program.

We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won 2,625,000:00euro (Two Million, Six Hundred & Twenty Five Thousand Euro Only)
in the BankGiro Loterij sweepstakes promotional program, conducted June 20th 2014, 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 claims documentation department with the contact
information below, provide them with your winning details as stated below.

Mr. Vincent Rutgers.
For: Winnings Processing Dept.
Mobile: +31-687-926-621

Your Winning Details.
Ref Number: HSNL/6602AA-YU435
Batch Number: 73-64GDFSAJR/120B
Ticket Number: 0771NL78-2827-Z02

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 that you
are dealing with the right office/department. If you find this message in your spam is due to your internet provider.

Your's sincerely,
Ruth van Brook (Mrs).
The Sweepstakes Coordinator.
© 2013 BankGiro Loterij NL. All Rights Reserved.
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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