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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: "Postcode Lotto E-mail program" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 23:35:09 +0200
Subject: Tel: +34 672-585-739

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our 2010 Spainish
Postcode Lotto E-mail program.

(i) Amount Won: 1,700,000 {One Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only
(ii) Ticket Number: (ES42071-002)
(iii) Batch Number :( EU-175508)
(iv) Reference Number :( ES07-84-09-00-221)

Contact the claim officer with your winning references for more informations and claim.

Dr. Pauly Ulrich
Foreign Service Manager.
Tel: +34 672-585-739

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Anita Perez
Public Relation Officer.

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