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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: "F.P.D" <nploterij@netscape.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 11:24:45 -0400
Subject: GREAT NEWS!!!

ATTENTION: Winner.

We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of
the NATIONALE POSTCODE LOTERIJ PROGRAM held on the 7th AUGUST 2006.You
were entered unaware as a dependent participant with: Reference Number:
NL/BCC 00024355, and Batch Number NL/71606/NPL.Your email address attached

to the ticket number: 93977, Serial# REC021.Draw Lucky # 8754654 that drew
the lucky winning number, which consequently won the Postcode Loterij in
the first
category In three parts.

You have been approved for A payment of $1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION US
DOLLARS.) in case credited to file reference number: NL/BCC 00024355. This
is from a total cash prize of (TEN MILLION US DOLLARS) Shared among the ten
international winners in first categories.

Congratulations!!!!!

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
90,000 (Ninety thousand) names of email users around the world, as part of
our
international promotion program.

Due to mix up of some names and addresses, we urge you to keep this award
personal and discreet till your claims have been processed and your funds
remitted
to you, this is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or
unwarranted
taking advantage by other participants or impersonators. To begin your
claim, do file for
the release of your winning by contacting our accredited agent,

Mr. Bennard Duke NATIONALE POSTCODE LOTERIJ FIDUCIAL AGENCY.
TEL: +31 633 785 380
FAX: +31 847 189 958
Email: bennduke123@netscape.net

YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS 647479309 (keep personal) Remember, your
winning must be claimed not later than (October 15th,2006). Failure to
claim your
winning prize will be added to next $10,000.000 international lottery
programmed. Furthermore, Should
there be any change in your address, endeavour to inform the claim's agent
as soon as possible.


Once again, Congratulations!!

Yours Sincerely.

Ms.Jeniffer Vandeseroy
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTION.

N.B: breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification. Winners under 18yrs
of age requires parental consent and approval.NATIONALE POSTCODE
LOTERIJ.(NV)NL.114857. Rc @tm
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This communication together with the information it contains is
1. Intended for the person/s and/or organization/s named above and for no
other person/s and/or organization/s,and
2.May be confidential and protected by law. Unauthorised use, copying or
disclosure of any and/or all of it may be unlawful.
Should this communication be received in error, please contact me
immediately by means of a return email.
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