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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: yebomillionarelottosa@yahoo.com
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 10:32:57 +0200
Subject: YEBO MILLIONAIRE LOTTERY

FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT

DEAR SIR/MADAM,
FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 31/ 8/2006, of winners of the YEBO LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, held on 19/ 8/ 2006 as part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,000.000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
You qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting various websites we are running the e-business
promotions for. You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 9, 6, 12, 29, 30, 45, 66, and consequently won in the Second Category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of
US$13,650,000.00 shared among the seven international winners in the Second category.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with the Omega/YEBO Finance Company insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our mid year (2006) high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately;

MR.KELEB MADOZA.
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
# 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN, AUCKLAND PARK, 0083
P.O. Box 524, AUCKLANDPARK
JOHANNESBURG 2001
SOUTH AFRICA
OMEGA CROSSIN/YEBO MILLIONAIRE
TEL: 27739629266
EMAIL-kelebmadoza@yahoo.com

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than two weeks of announcement. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in
every one of your correspondences with your claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4 BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Sincerely,

THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA.
2nd Floor SABC Radio Park Building P.O. Box 91711,
Auckland Park, 2006
Henley Road
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your claims agent through his email contact above.


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