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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: "TOYOTA COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:24:52 +0800

Award Desk Department Affiliate.
China Branch # Room 2904,29floor.Exchange Office
Tower, N0 189 Nanjing Road Helping District, Tianjin, China.

Dear sir/madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA
CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM participants were selected through a computer ballot system
drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our
electronic business Promotions Program.

As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the E-business promotions for. You/Your Company
email address, attached to ticket number 523-958-2261, with serial number TL-909-P874E-69CN, lucky numbers
04, 07 29, 44, 42, 30 and Bonus number 39, Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA, Batch
N0:- 538901527-BB67 and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.

You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$1,000.000.00 in cash, including a Toyota
car which is the winning present /amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money
of US$2,650,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.


Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of US$1,000.000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact our
agent and provide them with the under mentioned self details so that they will re-insure your winning fund under your full names.

Together with the port where your winning car should be shipped to.

To begin your claim, please call our claim agent or send email immediately to:-Certificate Agent, Toyota Email Lotto

Contactgent, Mr. Lang James)
Direct line : 0086- 13535580752

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your

Claims Requirements:

1. Full Name:_____________________
2. Address:_____________________
3. Nationality:___________Sex:________
4. Age:________Date of Birth:__________
5. Occupation:_____________________
6. Phone:___________Fax:___________
7. State of Origin:_________Country:____

Sincerely ,
Mrs. Ing Chunny Liu
Hon Online Coordinator

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