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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: "MICROSOFT ONLINE PROMOTION" <noticeevent_18@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 09:34:06 -0500
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU HAVE WON

 
Yahoo! UK & Ireland

 
 
 
 
 

                Yahoo/Msn Lottery
       Incoperation 
               Baley House, Har Road
                Sutton, Greater London
 SM1 4te
           United  Kingdom. 
         
 

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Five hundred thousand, Great Britain Pound Sterlings(£500,000.00) for the month of DECEMBER 2006 Lottery  promotion which is organized by YAHOO/MSN LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.

    YAHOO/MSN & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select five people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying,we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.
              
 
      You are to contact the events manager on or before your date of Claim, Winners Shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre.
Yahoo/Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed no later than 20 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.
 
These are your identification numbers:
                                 Get ed traffic to your web site! 
Batch number.....................YM 09102XN
Reff number.......................
YM35447XN
Winning number...................YM09788

 
     These numbers fall within your Location file, you are requested to contact the events manager, send your winning identification numbers to him,to enable him verify your claims.How ever you will have to fill and submit this form to the events manager for verification & direction on how you can claim your winning fund.
 
1. Full name..............
2. Contact Address........
3. Age....................
4. Telephone Number.......
5. Marital Status.........
6. Sex....................
7. Zip Code...............
8. Occupation.............
9. Company................
11.State:.................
12.Country................
13.Nationality............
14. Your Reference and Batch number at the top of this mail:
 
(CONTACT EVENTS MANAGER)
Name:Mr.Anthison derry 
E-mail:zonalofficer_01@yahoo.co.uk
TELL:+447045700819
Thank you and Accept my hearty congratulations once again!  
 
     
Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Florina Bent
(Yahoo/Msn Lottery Games/Lottery Coordinator).     
 
Yahoo! UK & Ireland
 
 


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