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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 11:35:00 -0600

TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUATER) Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan. REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF;(Registration Z720633X). Toyota Japan Lottery BranchCustomer Service28 Tanfield Road Tiaxiu lio Beijing ChinaPRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION 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 719-226-1319, with serial number 902-66 drew the lucky numbers 05,12,30,11,17,43 and Bonus number 10 , Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/ 453L /GMSA and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW. Your winning Ticket Number is. 719-226-1319Your Serial Number is. 902-66 Your lucky draw Numbers are: 05, 12, 30, 11, 17, 43, and Bonus number 10 Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$500, 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. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of US$500,000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact our agent and give them your full names 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:- MR Hoffman DesmondForeign Services Manager, Transglobe Finance Securities EMAIL: hoffmandessmond@aim.comTEL: +8613580598844 NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your 1. Full Name:2. Address:3. Occupation:4. Age:5. Sex:6. Nationality:7. Country of Residence:8. Telephone/Fax Number: NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences to your claiming agent.
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Sincerely,,Mrs. Ing Chuny Liu. Online coordinator.Toyota Sweepstakes International
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