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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: "Lucky Day NL" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:39:59 -0300
Subject: Congratulations!! Your E-mail ID Has Won End of Year Promo!!!

Lucky Day Lottery NL.
Postbus 3074
2280 GB Rijswijk
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 promotional program. We are pleased to inform you that
your email address has won 2,720,000:00euro (Two Million, Seven Hundred &
Twenty Thousand Euro Only) in the Lucky Day Lottery sweepstakes
promotional program, conducted Monday 8th December 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

For more information's/procedure of your winning claim, you are advice to
contact Mr. claims documentation department officer with the contact
information below, and provide him with your winning details as stated

Charles Hobert (Mr).
For: Claims Processing Dept.
Tel: +31 20-894-3564
Fax: +31 20-719-2254

Your Winning Details.
Ref Number: SQKLM/H7TY4-4F17
Batch Number: UTH71ABZ44Z1-B001
Ticket Number: 0011G-TZ771/AYOUA

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,
Saskia Daniels (Mrs).
The Sweepstakes Coordinator.
© 2014 Lucky Day Lottery 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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