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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: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:27:30 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam !!!

De Lotto NL/ Heineken International
Wealth Creation/ promotional Department
Laan van Hoornwijck 55
2289 DG Rijswijk
KvK: 41151075
The Netherlands
Dear Sir/Madam.
De Lotto Company in The Netherlands in conjunction with Heineken Internati=
onal writes to inform you that your e-mail address has won the sum of 955,0=
00.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Euro Only) in our Wealth Creati=
on program. =

All beneficiaries were selected through a computer ballot system drawn fro=
m over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all =
over the world and you emerge one of the lucky winners, hence you have to p=
rovide our payment consultant with your winning details below for further i=
nformation regarding your prize.
Your winning details:
Reference Numbers: NLD/1188/HYD/01/0578.
Program Batch Number: RSA/QQL/089733.
Serial Numbers: PKG/2585078/2016/11.
We advice you write and call them through the below information.
Gilbert Anderson (Dr.)
Claims processing consultant
Tel: +31 633 268 156
Fax: +31 207 192 231
E-mail: = =


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