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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:25:02 +0200
Subject: Congratulations! Your E-mail Address Has Won!!!

De Lotto NL
Wealth Creation Office
Laan van Hoornwijck 55
2289 DG Rijswijk
KvK: 41151075
The Netherlands

Dear Sir/Madam.

The Lotto Lottery Company in The Netherlands in conjunction with the European Union (EU), write to inform you that your e-mail address has just won the sum of 850,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro Only) in our European Union Wealth Creation program.

All beneficiaries were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all over the European Union (EU) and you emerge the lucky winner in the 1st category, hence you have to provide our payment consultant with your payment winning details below for further information regarding your prize.

Your winning details:
Program Batch Number: DRS-109/2016.
Payment Reference Numbers: NLD-EWP-DL/06/6102.
Serial Numbers: NKX/2548/0897

We advice you write and call them through the below information.

Harrie Limburg (Dr.)
Claims processing consultant
Tel: +31 685 489 777
Fax: +31 207 192 231

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