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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: millionaireyebo@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 17:05:26 +0200
Subject: YABO MILLIONARE/OMEGA CROSSING.

CONGRATULATIONS

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

FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION
we are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 25/ 09/2006, of
winners of the YABO MILLIONARE/OMEGA CROSSING/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS,
held on 10/ 07/ 2006 as part of our promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 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 your 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, 49, and consequently won in the
Second Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay
out of
S$2,000,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category
winners. This is from the total prize money of US$14,000,000.00 shared
among the seven international winners
in this Second category.
CONGRATULATIONS!
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 end of the year (2006) high
stakes
US$1.3 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately;
MR.MCKEEN HANSON
+27-73-962-9977
EMAIL:mckeen@fastermail.com
http://www.omegacrossing.8m.com
Contact. Address:
# 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN, AUCKLAND PARK, 0083
P.O. Box 524 , AUCKLANDPARK
JOHANNESBURG 2001
SOUTH AFRICA
YABO MILLIONARE/OMEGA CROSSING.
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 days 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,
YABO MILLIONARE/OMEGA CROSSING.
Address: # 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN,
AUCKLAND PARK , 0083
P.O. Box 524 , AUCKLANDPARK
JOHANNESBURG 2001
SOUTH AFRICA .
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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