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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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Fraud email example:

From: "mails online" <winnotice_008@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:08:14 +0000
Subject: iST CATEGORY LOTTERY WINNER !!!

NATIONAL POSTCODE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY AND PROMOTIONS.
Afdeling Ledenservice Van Eeghenstraat 70
1071 GK Amsterdam , The Netherlands

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT,
SCFN: GWK/5333/025648/03UAD.
BATCH: 241/2002/BLL.
Attn:

We are pleased to inform you of the release today the 13TH of November
2005, of the NATIONAL POSTCODE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY/PROMOTIONS,NETHERLANDS
held on the 23rd of August 2005.

Your email address attached to the Ticket No:1001-58255563-2285 with Serial
No: 8888/03 drew from the Lucky No:02-22-00-66-99-85-52-12-36-50, which
consequently won the lottery in the FIRST category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS(US$500,000.00) in cash credited to security
file number GWK/5333/025648/03UAD. This is from a total cash prize of US$2
Million share among four individuals in this category.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!.

Your funds is now deposited with our Payment/Finance Department in the
security company to your name ,Due to the mixed up of some numbers and
names,we ask that you keep this winning a top secret from the public notice
until your claims has been processed and remitted to your account as this
is apart of the security protocol,to avoid double claiming or unwarranted
taking advantage of this program by participants.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
the 100,000 company/ individual email addresses from all over the world as
part of our international promotions program, which we conduct every decade.

We hope with a part of winnings ,you will take part in our end of year
stake USD$20million International Lottery Program.

TO begin your claims, please contact your claim agent and send the
information below:

TEL/FAX NUMBERS.
SERIAL/SECUIRITY FILE NUMBERS.
YOUR FULL HOUSE ADDRESS.
A SCAN COPY OF YOUR VALID IDENTITY.
EMAIL ADDRESS.

Find below the contact of your claim agent.

NATIONAL POSTCODE LOTERIJ AGENCY:
Mr.Dennis Koman(Director of operations).
Tel : 0031-633-733-622
Fax : 0031-847-223-898
Email: infolotterijnl@netscape.net

For processing and remittance of your cash to a designated account of your
choice. Remember,all winnings must be claim not later than on the 21TH of
December 2005. After this date, all unclaimed funds will be returned to the
promotion company.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your security credited file number and batch numbers
respectively in every correspondence with your claim agent.

Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your
claim agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thank you for
being part of our promotions program.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Sandra Refenbeck,
(promotion manager ]


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