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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: "YAHOO AWARDS" <yayahooawards257@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 10:36:33 +0100
Subject: YOUR EMAIL HAS WON, FROM YAHOO AWARDS CENTER.


Yahoo Awards Center
124 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester M60 2DB - United
Kingdom.

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of SIX
HUNDRED,THOUSAND POUNDS Great Britain Pounds ( £600,000.00) for the 2008
Promotion which is Organized by YAHOO AWARDS & WINDOWS LIVE.

YAHOO! collects all the email addresses of the people that are active
online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from
other e-mail providers. Six people are selected monthly to benefit from this
promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM

Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. Yahoo
Prize Award must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw
Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

These numbers fall within the England Location file and you are requested to
contact our fiduciary agent in Manchester and send your winning
identification numbers to him;

Agent Name: Dr. James Morgan
E-Mail info_dr.jamesmorgan@yahoo.co.uk
Phone: +44704575619




***********************************************************************
PRIZE AWARD VERIFICATION FORM PERSONAL DETAILS:
NAME (MR. MRS.MS.):...........................
COMPANY NAME: (IF APPLICABLE)...................
MONTHLY INCOME:...............................
ADDRESS:....................................
CITY:.........................................
STATE:........................................
ZIP CODE:.................................
TEL:......................................
FAX:....................................
HOME TEL:...................................
EMAIL ADDRESS:............................
OCCUPATION:...............................
MARITAL STATUS:.................................
DATE OF BIRTH:..............................
PRIZE WINNING DETAILS:
BATCH#:....... YPA/07/APA-43658
REF.#:.......... 2008234522
WINNING#......1207
AMOUNT WON....£600,000.00

********************************************************************
COUNTRY..............................................

DECLARATION:
I,.....................................................HEREBY
DECLARE THAT I HAVE NEVER RECEIVED ANY SETTLEMENT FROM YAHOO AWARDS
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION NOR ANY MEMBER OF MY FAMILY FILLED CLAIM ON
MY BEHALF TO INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT I, THEREFORE,
AUTHORIZE INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT TO ACT ON MY
BEHALF IN THE PROCESSING .
SIGNATURE (TYPE IN YOUR
NAMES):........................
DATE:.................... ...

NOTE:
THIS VERIFICATION FORM SHOULD BE COMPLETELY FILLED
OUT AND RETURN TO THIS EMAIL [info_dr.jamesmorgan@yahoo.co.uk] WITHIN 48
HOURS OF RECEIPT OF THIS FORM.



As soon as our agent hears from you, he shall commence the process that will
facilitate the release of your fund to you.

Congratulations!! once again.

Yours in service,


Dr. (Mrs.) Edith Barth
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WARNING!

Do not tell people about your Prize Award until your money is successfully
handed over to you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double
claim.

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