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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: INFO MAIL <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 18:40:49 +0200

*/ /**/ YAHOO INTERNET LOTTERY/**/ /* (Send email message) */CONGRATULATIONS!/*Yahoo! Mail announces you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the ongoing 12 Years Yahoo lottery Award of the New Year 2007. All 10 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails each from Canada. Australia. United State, Asia. Europe. Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually, consequently, you have been approved for a total pay out of SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS ( $600.000 .00) This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies and the WORLD BANK as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. Furthermore your details (e-mail address) falls within our Spanish representative office in Madrid Spain as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of ($600.000.00) will be released to you from this regional branch office in Madrid.

*/these are your identification numbers./**/Batch number:.............................12115-04/SZ/**Loto number:........................... RN/0999/171ESP** **Winning numbers................... 9-13-21-30-31-44,* *NOTE THIS:* YOU ARE NOW BEING ADVISED TO CALL THE TELEPHONE NUMBER BELOW TO TRACK YOUR PAYMENT ON LINE WORLD BANK TELEPHONE BANKING SYSTEM THE WORLD BANK BANKERS BANK FUND CONFIRMATION UNIT IN SWITZERLAND THE WORLD BANK FUND CONFIRMATION UNIT TEL: 0041 -445801493 ext. 4 / FAX: 0041-43-430-21-02 LOTTERY PRIZE AWARD DEPOSIT ACCOUNT TRACKING NUMBER IS: 784285 # Yahoo!'s Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:As part of our security protocol you are to quote this security code to your claim agent. This to prevent scamYLAW/AUG/XX07 *ZURICH SEGUROS ESPAÑA S.A* *Francisco Gervas, 10 28020**Madrid Spain,**Tel: +34-666-268-256**Fax: +34-912-919-688**//**/ /* []*Contact Person: Mr. Morris Moore** ** *Telephone lines are open between the hours of 8:00am-19:30pm.Monday -Saturday ...Ext...001 You are to send the completed verification form below to the Agent in the Madrid Spain whose email address is given above so that you will be advised on what to do to get your prize money. Congratulations once more!! 1. FULL NAME2. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN3. PRESENT ADDRESS.4. DATE OF BIRTH5. OCCUPATION6. TELEPHONE NUMBER6. FAX NUMBER 7. MARITAL STATUS8. SECURITY CODE9. WINNING NUMBER, BATCH NUMBER AND LOTTO NUMBER. 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 program by non-selected winner or unofficial personnel. Yours Sincerely,*/ /**//**//* *//**//* *//* Dr. Chris Carlos (Coordinator)*/-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------/*Yahoo lottery is a free service that does not require you to be a Yahoo! Registered user

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