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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: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 22:25:37 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Congratulations: You Have Won Yahoo Lottery Award!! urgently needed your Answer...................

Barley House Harold Road
Sutton, Greater London Sm1 4te United Kingdom.


Dear Winner


We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 1st Feb, 2007 from the YAHOO! International Lottery Program. Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses, your e-mail was attached to ticket number 47061725 07056490902, serial number
7741137002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17, which consequently won the lottery in the First category. You hereby have been approved a lump sum of US$1,000,000 .00(ONE MILLION DOLLARS)in cash credit file ref ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize of
US$50,000,000.00(DOLLARS) shared amongst 50(Fifty) lucky winners in this category.

All participant were selected through a sorting and filtering program designed by Dr Philip Emegwali from 50,000,000 (fifty million) e-mail addresses from the web because you have once visited one of Yahoo! sponsored sites. This is part of our international promotions program which is conducted
monthly to promote the use of the internet with the world as a global village. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by YAHOO! We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.

YAHOO, collects all the E MAIL I D of the people that subscribes to yahoomail, msn, hotmail, aol, altavista, and others online, among the billions that subscribe to us only Fifty people will be merge for winnings. we only select fifty people every Month as our winners through electronic
balloting System without the winner applying, we are congratulating you for having been one of the lucky people that won for this Last month..
you are to contact your Claims Agent on or before your date of Claim, Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre.
Yahoo Lottery Prize must be claimed no later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited and retrieved .

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our booklet representative office in UK as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your won prize will be released to you by any of our payment Banks in Africa or it's correspndence Bank in UK .Our agent will immediately commence
the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him through the email address or telephone numbers as directed below.

Oversea Payment and Release Order Department,
Contact Person:Barr.DENNIS PLAT .

With the following are your Particulars.
Security Code: AL/FEB/XX01
Ref: 4758961725
Batch: ALLINC 70564943902/188
Winning no: FGNGB2701/LPR

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed otherwise the funds will be returned as unclaimed.
Congratulations, once more from the entire Management and Staff of YAHOO! Thank you for being part of this promotional email lottery program.

&nbsp; Yours Sincerely, ;

Yahoo! 2007 Lottery program
Barley House Harold Road
Sutton, Greater London Sm1 4te United Kingdom.
Tel: +447011146452.

Security Advice :At The Yahoo International Lottery we understand the importance of security. That's why we've created highly secure facilities to give you confidence during our promotions programs or when you play our games online, on TV via Sky Active or using your mobile phone to play by text.

Warning: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appears to be using Yahoo International Lottery addresses, but are not from us. If you receive similar email that is not from us, kindly disregard/discard it immediately. Do NOT reply any such email but genuine email from us via this email address.
Our security pages that will give you more information about current scams and what measures you can take to protect yourself.

NOTICE: You have received this message from Yahoo International Lotto Lottery prize dept. because you have visited one of our sponsored sites and have voluntarily given your email address to receive mails from their sponsors. If you wish to be taken out of this list do not reply to this mail,
reply to the agent with the words remove. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not, directly or indirectly, use, disclose, distribute, print or copy any part of this message. If you believe you have received this message in error, please delete it and all copies of it from your system
and notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail.
Thank you.


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