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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 DRAWS.NL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 01:21:11 +0200

Staatsloterij Uitslag  2016
Tel: +31- 68-760-3095
Paleisstraat 5, 2514 JA Gravenhage,
Den Haag Nederlands
Customer service Bel : 0800 - 02 31 303 ( 20cent per minute )
                                                   !!!  Staatsloterij uitslag 10 april 2016!!!
The Board of Directors, members of staff and Staatloterij Netherland wishes to congratulate you on your success as the STAR PRIZE WINNER in this years Staatloterij Promotion (SLP) The late notice was due to mix up email addresses, no tickets were sold this comes with a prize of 750,000,00 euros ( Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand  Euros) in the Staatloterij Netherland Satellite Software email selection in which e-mail addresses from Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, United States, Canada, South America, UAE, are picked randomly by Software powered by the Internet through the worldwide website. Your email address was amongst those chosen this year for the Staatloterij winners and this promotion is proudly sponsored by the STAATSLOTERIJ NEDERLANDS. 
The selection process was carried out through our computerized email selection system (C.E.S.S.) from a database of over a million email addresses from the World Wide Web. Your email address was attached to Euro Millions Ticket Numbers: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, Reference numbers: EK21433, and Lucky Numbers: HK67674, consequently won the lottery in the A Category Number. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 750,000,00 euros ( Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand  Euros)
Please note that your Euro Mililions number falls within our European Booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. To file for your claim, kindly fill the verification form and send it to the accredited claims department through the email below, stating your receipt of this notification. He has been mandated to offer you assistance and facilitate the urgent delivery of your prizes.
Provide our/your accredited claims agent with the information as stated below and contact via the Processing email for an urgent response:
Mr.  Johnson Vander Brink (Claims Agent)
Tel:  +31- 68-760-3095
Processing email:
Verification Form:
1. Full Name:
2. Age:
3. Sex:
4. Marital Status:
5. Address:
6. Draw Number Above:
7. Occupation:
8. Country of Resident:
9. Nationality:
10. Phone:
11. Fax Number:
Thanks for been part of this promotional award programm.We wish you the best of lucky as you spend your good fortune. N.B: Keep all Lotto winning information from public notice in order to avoid double claims, as any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
Staatsloterij Nederlands
David Van Der Selier (Woordvoerder Van de Nederlandse Staatsloterij)
Paleisstraat 5 2514 JA Gravenhage, Den Haag Nederlands


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