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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: ALERT <promotionmanager@1web2.net>
Reply-To: infomationdept@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2006 10:18:39 +0000
Subject: Congratulations From Yahoo!

YAHOO END OF THE YEAR PATRONAGE BONANZA
(Thanks for contributing to our Financial Success)

CONGRATULATIONS!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!


THE YAHOO OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Yahoo End of the Year Patronage Bonanza held on the 20/11/2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 883734657492-5319 with serial number 7263-267, batch number 8254297137, lottery ref number 7336065782 and drew lucky numbers 14-22-28-37-40-44 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of £500,000.00 (i.e Five Hundred Thousand United Kingdom Pounds).

Please note that this Promotional Programmes tagged "Thanks for contributing to our financial Sucess" was sponsored and organized by the Yahoo Corporation in view of the Financial benefits YAHOO have recieved from its numerous customers either through adverts, hosting and personal emails.

The reason this lottery was organized is to thank the numerous public including users and non-users of YAHOO MAIL for the financial benefits THE YAHOO CORPORATION have recieved as a result of their Patronage this Financial Year.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.

This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.

In other to claim your £500,000.00 prize winning, which has been deposited in a designated bank. However,you will have to fill the form below and send it to the Promotion manager of Yahoo Lottery for verification and then you will be directed to the bank where a cheque of £500,000.00 has already been deposited in your favour.

NAME:.....................................
AGE:........................................
SEX:........................................
ADDRESS:...............................
EMAIL:....................................
PHONE:...................................
OCCUPATION:.........................
COMPANY:..............................
COUNTRY:...............................
AMOUNT WON......................

Please you are adviced to complete the form and send it immediately to our Promotion manager through email or fax for prompt collection of your fund from the designated bank.

To file for your claims, please contact our claims director:

MR. WALTER JONES
REMMITANCE DIRECTOR
YAHOO PROMOTIONS UK
44 Moorfields London EC2Y 9AL UNITED KINGDOM
Tel:(+44) 7031926508
E-mail: walterjones_claimnotice@yahoo.co.nz


You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public
especially your ticket number and ballot number. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).

Please indicate "X" for the option you want your prize remitted to you. Listed are the options of receiving prize payment.
1).CASH PICK UP IN ANY OF OUR PAYMENT CENTRES IN EUROPE(IRELAND UK AND MADRID SPAIN) [....]
2).CERTIFIED CHEQUE MADE OUT IN YOUR NAME COURIED TO YOU VIA OUR AFFILIATE COURIER COMPANY FHX COURIER COMPANY [....]
Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Mr Amelia Hunts
Management
NB: THIS IS A LEGITIMATE EMAIL FROM THE YAHOO PLEASE RESPOND.


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