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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: "Mr Hendrick Rudolph" <yahoolottoo@gazeta.pl>
Reply-To: revpauadams@gmail.com
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 15:38:03 -0700
Subject: *****Congratulation from Yahoo & Msn Lottery******


Yahoo/Msn Lottery
Incoperation
Baley House, Har Road
Sutton, Greater London
SM1 4te
United Kingdom
+447031800359


This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of(£500,000)FIVE
HUNDRED THOUSAND GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS STERLINGS for the month of June
2008 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,Hotmail and others.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.

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM You are to contact our African regional
Claims Agent in Nigeria. Winners Shall be paid in accordance with
his/her Settlement Center.Yahoo/Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed no
later than 15 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:
Batch number.....................YM 09102XN
Reff number.......................YM35447XN
Winning number...................YM09788


These numbers fall within our African payment center (Nigeria),You are
requested to contact the payment agent,send your winning
identification numbers to him
at this contact address below to enable him process your winning
urgently.

Contact Person: Rev Paul Adams
Email:(revpauadams@gmail.com)you are therefore advised to
send the following information to him to facilitate them and process
the COURIER of your money.

NAME:.................................
AGE:..................................
SEX:..................................
ADDRESS:..............................
EMAIL:................................
PHONE:................................
OCCUPATION:...........................
COMPANY:..............................
NEXT OF KIN...........................
STATE.................................
COUNTRY:..............................
NATIONALITY...........................

Congratulations once again.
Yours in service,
Mr Hendrick Rudolph (Lottery Co-ordinator)

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