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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: "Suzuki Motor Corporation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <suzuki_kuanzhang@yahoo.cn>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 12:38:33 -0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON!

Suzuki Motor Corporation
300 Takatsuka
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 432 8611
Japan

2010 First Quarter Prize Award Notification.

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded 2010 first quarter draws held by Suzuki Motor Corporation (Japan) in conjunction with the Japan International Lottery Worldwide Promotion, your email address was among the 10 Lucky winners who won $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) each on the Suzuki Motor Corporation (Japan) Promotion dated as stated above.

This is from the total price of Five Million United States Dollars shared among the 10 lucky winners. You are therefore approved for a lump payment of $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

However the results were released and your email attached to ticket number (896-781-6767) and ballot/serial number (374-18). The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 41,281 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (CESM) from a database of over 1520,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. This Lottery is approved by the Japan Gaming Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).

This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. As indicated by the computerized selection machine, your lucky winning number falls within our China booklet representative office as showed in the coupon. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your entitlement released to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of the program.

In other to claim your $500,000.00 prize winning which is already with the accredited bank for the Lottery program, you will have to fill the form below and send it to the Asia Pacific Representative of Suzuki Motor Corporation in China for verification after which you will be directed to the bank where your $500, 000.00 is already deposited in your favor.

Please you are advised to complete the form and send it immediately to the corporation's Asia Pacific Representative in China through the designated email for prompt collection of your winning prize.

(Asia Pacific Representative: Mr. Kuan Zhang)
Email: suzuki_kuanzhang@yahoo.cn
Tel: +8613267146332

Name:........................................................
Age:...........................................................
Sex:............................................................
Address:......................................................
Reconfirm Email:..........................................
Phone:........................................................
Occupation:................................................
Reconfirm the amount won............................
Country:..................................................

You 're to keep all the Lotto information away from the general public especially your ticket number and ballot/serial numbers. (this is important as a case of double claiming will not be entertained)

*Staffs of Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan and Japan International Lottery Company are not allowed to partake in this Lottery program*.

On behalf of the corporation, accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,

Kim Chang (Mrs.)
(Promotion officer)

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