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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: "Luckyday" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 13:18:42 +0200
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Your winning Numbers:
Ref Nr: NNF / 2019 / NLD / 987823.
Batch Nr: SRD/078/085/015
Series Nr: AWS / 02090906/201711.


Attn: E-mail Account Owner.

Dear Sir/Madam

We are glad to inform you that your e-mail account has just won you a prize of EUR 2,349,155:00 (Two million, three hundred & twenty nine thousand, one hundred and fifty five euro only) in the Lucky Day NL Company. To file for your claim of the prize, you are advice to call/send your above winnings details to our winnings processing department to the contact details stated below, to enable them carry out the processing of the sweepstakes winnings payment to you.

Albert Bongers (Mr.)
For: Winnings Processing Department
Tel: +31 685 190 487
Fax: +31 207 192 231

Congratulations from all of our member of staff.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Alice Betty
Sweepstakes Coordinator.
Lucky Day NL Company.

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