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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:
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "yahoo lottery inc" (no such lottery exists)
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447010032031 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: The Msn/Yahoo Lottery Incorporation <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:00:43 +0000
The Msn/Yahoo Lottery Incorporation
PO Box 1010,Liverpool
L70 1NL,United Kingdom.
File REF No: UKL/74-A0802742007,
BATCH No: 2007UKL-01..
Dear Lucky Winner
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of £750,000.00
(SevenHundred and Fifty Thousand,Great Britain Pounds Sterling) for the
Annual 2009 Lottery promotion which is organized by MSN/YAHOO
LOTTERY INCLIVE in conjunction with the MICROSOFT WINDOWS.MSN/
YAHOO WINDOWS,collects all the email addresses of the people
that are active online,among the millions that subscribed to
Yahoo,Hotmail and various Microsoft window users, we only
select five people as our winners, through electronic balloting
System without the winner applying.
Msn/Yahoo Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 4 days
from the date of this Notification after the Draw date in which
Prize has won.Any prize not claimed within this period will be
These are your identification numbers:
Serial No: A069-07,
File REF No: UKL/74-A0802742007,
BATCH No: 2007UKL-01.
Our Event Manager will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential
till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you. This is
part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
abuse of this program, Please be warned.
Attached here is the claim verification and funds release form. You are
expected to fill and submit to the event manager.
VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
12.NEXT OF KIN:____________
15:Your Reference and Batch number at the top of this mail:REF NO :
To file for your claim, please fill and submit your verification form
to our events manager immediately via email.
(CONSULTANT EVENTS MANAG
Name: HARRY BOB
Tell: +4470 1003 2031
+4487 1245 6557
+4470 1099 5163
Once again congratulations...
(Msn/Yahoo Lottery Games/Lottery Coordinator.
Copyright © 1995-2009
The Msn/Yahoo Lottery Inc.
All rights reserved.
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N:B: You are advised to keep your winning strictly confidential until
your winning is processed and received by you.
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