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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:

Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:02:58 +0200
Subject: Confirm your award

You have won 1,500.000.00 (One million Five hundred thousand Euro),in the Cisco international Classic Email Sweepstakes Program, held on the 6th October 2014, in Amsterdam Netherland. You are hereby officially notified of this award and to advised to contact the processing office immediately. For the claim,

Contact: Dr. Donald Richie
City/Country: Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Telephone No: 0031-6197-03948
Reply to Email:

It is important to note you that your award information was released With the following particulars attached to it.

E-mail Ticket Number: NL71425-63413
Reference Number: NED/6221-7846
Serial Number: 15425-647814CC
Amsterdam Batch Nr: 4517-5542GG
Draw Lucky Numbers: DS1074-2417NL

You are requested to state your full name & telephone Number in your confirmation of this prize.

Note: all winning must be claimed not later than 30th Working days

Sandra van Molenwijk.

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