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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: "Madam Hannah Forest" <madamfors@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2008 11:32:45 -0700
Subject: YOU HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AS ONE OF THE 12 TOP LUCKY WINNERS!!


* *[image: xe.com] ** * *


;

&nb
sp; *Payment No.
M30911* *[image: Yahoo! News] *
*
Date: July 5th
2008. *
* *
* [image: Yahoo! Mail] Lottery*
*PAY THE AMOUNT OF*:* NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND US DOLLARS* [
$950,000]
*AUTHORIZED BY: YAHOO MAIL INC.*
[image:
arabtrans@arabtrans.com]
* CONGRATULATIONS !!!!*


* YOU HAVE WON 950,000 US DOLLARS! *
**
YOU HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AS ONE OF THE 12 TOP LUCKY WINNERS!!

**
**
*Yahoo! Mail gives members random cash prizes every month. Today, your
account was randomly selected as one of the 12 top winner accounts who will
get same cash prizes from us. We are happy to inform you that you have won a
cash prize of ( Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars) for the year
2008. This is a lottery promotion organized by YAHOO! Messenger every year.
*
* *
*YAHOO! collects all the e-mail addresses of the people that are online and
off line on yahoo messenger. Among the millions that subscribe to yahoo
messenger, we only select 12 lucky winners annually through our electronic
balloting System. It is an automated selection process that does not require
anyone to apply.
We congratulate you for emerging one of 2008's top 12!

You and the other successful eleven were selected through a balloting system
that was drawn from a little above twenty seven million E-mail addresses
from Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Oceania, South America, The
Middle East and The United States of America.

It is an annual international promotions program.**

Your winning details(e-mail address), falls within our GAMBIA representative
office in BANJUL , as indicated in your play coupon. Your cash prize of
$950,000 will be released to you from this regional branch office in THE
GAMBIA .*
*
We hope that with part of your prize, you will positively affect the lives
of the less privileged in your community and also further IT Literacy in any
way you can. We congratulate you!
*
*
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
*
** *These are your Winning Information and Identification Numbers:*

*Batch Number........................ .........276/07/3647821*
*Winning Numbers....................... ....06,11,17,27,37*
*Reference Number.........................YML.INC /768650/82*
**
*To begin your claims, kindly contact the Yahoo (Overseas) Payment Officer,
**Dr.Precious Fender, using the email address below.*
**
*Dr.Precious Fender (Overseas Payment Officer)*
*EMAIL:drpreciousfend@gmail.com
*
*PHONE: Tel: +220-6438644 .*
**
*You are required to forward your winning details via the Overseas Payment
Officer's e-mail address above. Note that you MUST send your information in
the e-mail for verification purposes.*

YOU MUST GIVE THE DETAILS BELOW IN SAME E-MAIL:

*1. FULL NAME.......................... ....................*
*2. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN........................ ......*
*3. PRESENT ADDRESS....................... ...........*
*4. AGE........................... .............................. ......*
*5. OCCUPATION.................... ..........................*
*6. SEX........................... .............................. ........*
*7. TELEPHONE NUMBER........................ .....*
*8. MARITAL STATUS........................ ...............*
*9. BATCH NUMBER........................ .................*
*10. WINNING NUMBER........................ ............*
*11. REFERENCE NUMBER.............. ..............*

*As soon as you contact the Payment Officer, he will advise you on what to
do in order to get your prize money.*

*For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep their winning
information [numbers] confidential until their claims are processed and
their money released to them. It is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claims and unwarranted monopoly of this program by non-participants
or unofficial personnel. *

*Congratulations once again from me and all members and Staff of Yahoo
Lottery INC!!*

*Yours Sincerely,*
**
**

*APPROVED*

** *MADAM HANNAH FORREST (PHD)*
*LOTTO CO-ORDINATOR.*
*The Yahoo.com <http://yahoo.com/>staff
Yahoo.com <http://yahoo.com/>**http://www.yahoo.com*

*[image: xe.com]*


[image: Winners]
FEATURED WINNERS
[image: Sarah Cockings]



Naomi, Teresa and Ann were among three winners to share the Lotto Rollover
Jackpot , each scooping a massive $1,
500,000 in 2007. **

NB: PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS NOTIFICATION MAIL BOX. MAILS SENT TO THIS
MAIL BOX ARE NOT MONITORED AND CANNOT BE REPLIED. PLEASE REPLY ONLY TO YOUR
PAYMENT OFFICER AS INSTRUCTED ABOVE.

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