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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: "NL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 01:59:57 +0100
Subject: Postcode Announcement

Attention Winner.

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of (1,000,000.00 One
Million Euros) for the 2009 International E-mail Draw which is Organized By
Postcode On-line Promo Programme You have won 1,000,000.00 Euros From
Postcode Casino International, Urgenly get to the below contact immediately for Claim.


Tell: +31-641-232-991
Fax: +31-847-367-971

REF No: ES/4420X2/68978NL56807FV) LUCKY No: PL87689-25473SG-80621NL

Contact: Dr. Van Hans.
Mrs. Caroline Tensen (Public Relation Officer)
Dr Winston Gerschtanowitz.
Tel: 0900-0202 (0, 20 p/min.)
Please open the attached file for details.

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