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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: "Postcodesloterij" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 04:38:45 +0100
Subject: Congratulation!!


Attn: Email user!!

This is to notify you that this e-mail address was entered during the Postcodesloterij end of year promotion advert selection held 27th Dec 2009, by computerize Microsoft and has won the sum of 500.000.00 (Five hundred thousand euros only). for claim please contact our claim dept with your winning Ref No: NL/44267998/5110 & Batch No: NL/9922/0855

Name:Mr.Cole Amos
Tell:+31647401351 / Netherlands

This program is organize to promote our Postcodesloterij company award yearly, also we are very skeptical due to unsolicited/Spam mails on the net this days, that is why the claim process is being handled strictly

Mrs.Judith Graff
Promotion Coordinator.

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