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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 19:16:55 -0600

TOYOTA AUTOMOBILES LOTTERYToyota Auto-mobiles headquaters, 19 Ul,Essex , PE9 2YP , LondonUnited Kingdom.TOYOTA ONLINE CAR /CASH AWARD PRIZE NOTIFICATION.This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of£250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds) and a brand newtoyota from the International online programs held on the 16TH August2007 in London the United Kingdom .The selection process was carried outthrough random selection in our computerized Email selection system(ESS) from a database of over250,000 email addresses drawn from all thecontinents of the world The Peugeot Car Promotional Lottery is approvedby the British Gaming Board and Also Licensed by the nternationalAssociation of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 2nd of its kind and we intend to sensitize thepublic.To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact theremittance department with the emails address provided below throughouraccredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:Sir Kelvin Perkins,Toyota Auto-mobiles headquaters,19 Ul,Essex ,PE9 2YP ,London United Kingdom.E-mail: him with your secret pin code PGA00111234 and your referencenumber TYT: 12058006/06.You are also advised to provide him withtheunder listed information as soon as possible:Claims Requirements:1. Name in full-----------------------2. Address----------------------------3. Sex--------------------------------4. Nationality/Religion---------------5. Maritual Status--------------------6. Age--------------------------------7. Next Of Kin------------------------8. Occupation-------------------------9. Phone/Fax--------------------------10. Present Country-------------------congratulations once again!With Best RegardsMr. Dominic GerardLottery Manager.
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