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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: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:40:06 +0200
Subject: Congratulations!! Your E-mail Account Has Won!!!

Lucky Day Lottery NL.
Postbus 3074
2280 GB Rijswijk
The Netherlands.

Dear Winner.
We proudly bring to your notice the results of our online draws of the Lucky Day Lottery program, conduted Monday 18th, April 2016, and the results were release today. You have been selected as the second category winner in our online draws done via computer ballot system, there were no tickets purchased. Your email address was selected from the World Wide Web and was attached to your winning Reference Number NL007K/0AAH3-Y0/15, Batch Number YGH601-NLS/41ZB and Ticket W521/JKD-VGF01. You have been awarded a lump sum pay out of 3,520,000 EUR (Three Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand Euro Only), which is the winning payout for 2nd category winner in the online draws. In your best interest, we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds transferred to you. This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds. In pursuant to your prize collection. Kindly provide him with the below under listed information by fax or email for due processing of your payment file for the transfer of your prize money to you.

Contact Person: Mr. Robert Bongers
For: Claims Processing Dept.
Tel: +31 68-424-4748
Fax: +31 20-719-2254

(1) Beneficiary Full Names (As prefer to be Written on your Winning Documents):
(2). Tel/Fax Number:
(3). Country Origin:
(4). Amount Won:
(5). Age:
(6). Sex:
(7). Occupation
(8). Residential Address/Postcode:
(9). Your Winning E-mail Address:
(10). A valid Government approved proof of identification (Passport or Driver's license) via email attachment or via fax. This is for record purpose and to ensure we are dealing with the right beneficiary to this claim.

You are hereby advised to choose from the below preferable means with which you would want to receive your winning funds:

(A) Bank to Bank Transfer.
(B) Come to our paying bank in the Netherlands to claim your winning funds.

Sincerely Yours,
Maltida Ruby (Mrs).
Online coordinator.

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