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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, 14 Aug 2007 16:35:11 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: You won 615,810.00 euros Yahoo! Mail congratulates you!

You won 615,810.00 euros Yahoo! Mail congratulates you!=20




YOU WON 615,810.00 EUROS

Today, your account is randomly selected by Yahoo as one of the 7 top win=
ner=E2=80=99s accounts who will get cash prizes from us. We are happy to in=
form you that you have won a prize money of (Six hundred and fifteen thousa=
nd, eight hundred and ten euros only) ( 615,810.00 euros) for the month of =
July yahoo email lottery promotion which is organized by
m every month.=20
YAHOO! collects all the mail id of the people that are online, among the mi=
llions that subscribe to the world email we only select seven people every =
month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner=
applying, we are congratulating you for being one of the people selected.=
All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn fr=
om Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United St=
ates, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our internat=
ional promotions program which is conducted monthly.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by Yahoo! Mail as part of their soc=
ial responsibility to email users worldwide. Further more your details(e-ma=
il address) falls within our Spanish representative office in Spain, as ind=
icated in your play coupon and your prize of 615,810.00 euros will be rele=
ased to you from this regional branch office in Spain,

We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year hi=
gh stakes for 1.3 Billion euros international draw.

These are your identification numbers.
Reference: EGR/417331247/03
Batch: BATCH NUMBER: 72/50685/MMH
To begin your claims, kindly contact the Fiduciary Agent Snr.Vicente Pedro =
of WINTERTHUR SEGURIDAD S.A SPAIN Tel: +34-628441525 Fax: +34-917 615 179,e=
mail: As soon as you contact your agent, he will a=
dvise you on what to do in order to get your prize money.=20
Congratulations once more!!
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confid=
ential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize release=
d to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming an=
d unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unof=
ficial personnel.
Yours Sincerely,


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