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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: "Williams Gerri" <>
Date: 19 Feb 2007 18:25:04 -0000
Subject: Yahoo! Online Lottery Results 2006. {You Have Won}

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Messenger Yahoo! 2007 Lottery Results You won £800,000.00! Yahoo! Mail congratulates you!

Yahoo! Mail&nbsp;announce you as one of the&nbsp;10 lucky winners in the ongoing&nbsp;&nbsp;Yahoo! Fabruary, 2007 Lottery Draw.&nbsp; All 10 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails each from Canada , Australia , United States , Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted&nbsp;annually.Consequently, you have been approved for a total pay of 800,000.00 GBP&nbsp;(EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND&nbsp;GREAT BRITISH POUNDS STERLING ).&nbsp;
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our&nbsp;British Representative Office in&nbsp;the United Kingdom&nbsp;, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of&nbsp; 800,000.00 GBP&nbsp;will be released to you from this regional branch office in the United Kingdom (UK).
Find below your identification numbers:

Batch Number.....................Lwh 09445
Lotto Number......................Lwh 09446
Winning Number.................Lwh 09447

Our Yahoo!\'s Agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your prize&nbsp;remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

To file for claim, fill out the information required in the verification form and&nbsp;establish contact via e-mail&nbsp;between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Saturday and contact our overseas claims/fiduciary unit with the information below:

To file for claim, fill out the information required in the verification form and&nbsp;establish contact via e-mail&nbsp;between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Saturday and contact our overseas claims/fiduciary unit with the information below:

OVERSEAS CLAIMS UNIT Yahoo! Lottery Fiduciary Contact Person: Mr&nbsp; Mark wakefield:


1.FULL NAMES:__________________________________2.ADDRESS:____________________________________________________________________________________3.SEX:__________4.AGE:__________5.MARITAL STATUS:___________________6.OCCUPATION:_______________________7.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_____________________________8.TELEPHONE NUMBER:__________________________9.LOTTO NUMBER:____________________ B. DRAW NUMBER:______________10.SERIAL NUMBER:__________________11.AMOUNT WON:______________________
12.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL_______________________________________________________ 13. COUNTRY________________________________

CLAIMANT SIGNATORY DECLARATION=======================================================================================

I, THEREFORE, DECLARE THAT THE&nbsp;Yahoo!&nbsp; LOTTERY&nbsp;ACTS ON MY BEHALF IN THE PROCESSING AND TRANSFER OF&nbsp;MY PRIZE AS INSTRUCTED BY ME. =======================================================================================
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the Yahoo!&nbsp; LOTTERY.Yours faithfully,

Dr. Williams Gerri.Online coordinator for Yahoo!&nbsp; LOTTERYSweepstakes International Program.

The Yahoo!

&nbsp;Yahoo! 2007 Lottery&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Results&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
Yahoo! Lottery is a free service that does not require you to be a Yahoo! registered user.


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