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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: "staatsloterij" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:13:27 +1000
Subject: Email user

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won 2,720,000:00
Euro (Two Million Seven Hundred & Twenty Thousand Euro Only) in the
Netherlands Staatsloterij Sweepstakes promotional program, conducted June
25th 2015.

This is a free promotional program sponsored by consortium of software
companies, which means Lottery tickets were not sold. For more
information/procedure of your winning claim, you are advice to contact our
claims department with the contact information below, provide them with
your winning details below.

Staatsloterij NL
Mr. Dida Dekkers
Tel: +31-647350583
Fax: +31-207192096

Winning Details.
Ref No: JEI/725-6/7015
Batch No: 3409/557NL.

Mrs. Koen Regout
Sweepstakes Coordinator.
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