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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: "Postcodeloterij NL" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2009 22:26:25 +0200
Subject: Dear Internet User

>From Information Desk:
Postcodeloterij Holland,
70,Van Eeghenstraat, 1071GK
Amsterdam,The Netherlands.

Dear Internet User,

This is to inform you that your e-mail address has won a huge sum of 1,000,000 Euro in the online loterij promotion of the postcodeloterij-nl.
The winning details are Prize number: TW-098-2250hk and Ticket number: NL-442-60277AZ. This is a scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket for it.

Your email address attached to Ref. No: WIN/008/05/10/MA, drew in the 2nd category.You have been approved for the star prize of 1,000,000.00 EUROS(One Million EUROS).You are advised not to give your winning information to any third party,so as to avoid double claims.

For further inquiry,please contact our paying Bank,with your Name,Telephone number and your winning information/details,to:
Contact Email:
Contact Tel: +31-68-180-8350
Contact Person: Dr.Josep Young.
Congratulations once again.

Yours faithfully,
Caroline Laroche (Co-ordinator).

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