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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: "Dutch Program" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2010 17:51:39 +0200
Subject: NPL/602/DX511/21KJ



We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First Category of our
promotion program. Winners were picked by computerized system, drawn from over 47,000,000
companies and individuals e-mail addresses worldwide. This draws were officially announced
27th of August, 2010. Your email ID has won a lump sum of €950.580.00 (Nine Hundred and
Fifty Thousand Five Hundred and Eighty euro) only, in the First category G1 of our computer
ballot prize award program.

This compensational program was promoted and sponsored by Dutch National Lottery in the
Netherlands. No ticket was sold in this prize award but winners were randomly selected
from the electronic online world wide web in all over the world. You are advise to claim
your winning under 14 working days. Find below your winning informations: Reference Number:
NPL/602/DX511/21KJ, Batch Number:MZ52/347/BJ9/31NL, Lucky Number: 3-5-9-22-32-43.
Remember to always quote your winning Reference Numbers in all your correspondence.

Please contact the Foreign Financial Office of De Paying Bank for your prize claim:

Dr. Steijn De Bernhard,
Tel: +31-684-874-123

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. Sophie Van Buren
Dept Sec.

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