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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: "Staats Loterij NL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:19:30 +0100
Subject: Claim Your Winning Prize.

Paleisstraat 5, 2514 JA Den Haag
The Netherlands.

REF No: MSB/BC921245/KY19
BATCH No: TBL/207161/143
TICKET No: BL-91237-H67/BZ

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the STAATS LOTERIJ NL Email Winners International programs held on 16th February 2019, released today 20th February 2019. Your email address have been selected as one of the lucky winning address, therefore you have been approved for a lump sum payout of 810,000.00 Euros (Eight Hundred and Ten Thousand Euros Only)

To file and claim your winning contact your claim agent with the following information,s below.

Contact Person: Mr.Peter Jensen
Phone: +31 684179881
0800-023-1303: only in the Netherlands

(1)Full Name :
(2)Tel/Fax # :
(3)Ref, Batch and Ticket Numbers in the email received:
(4)Country origin
(5)Postal address:
(6)Amount Won:

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 28th of February 2019, after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.


Sweepstakes International Program.staatsloterij.
Mrs. Marja van Soest
Online coordinator.

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