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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, 22 Jul 2008 21:52:13 +0200



*Yahoo! Mail announces you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the ongoing Yahoo lottery Award for 2008 SUMMER.*

*All the 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 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 responsibilities 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.*

*Please note this:*

*You are now being advised to call the telephone number below for the tracking of your prize online through World Bank telephone banking system, *

*World Bank fund confirmation unit in Switzerland.*

*Tel: +41-44-580-14-93 Ext.4 / Fax: +41-43-430-21-02 *

*Lottery Prize Award Deposit Account Tracking Number Is: 784285#*

*As part of our security protocol, you are required to quote this SECURITY CODE (YLAW/JUL/XX08) to your claim Agent. This is to prevent scam. Yahoo's Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:*


*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 mandated to supply the following winning information which is the identification numbers tagged to your e-mail address:*

*Batch number: .................... 12115-04/SZ*

*Reference number: ................ RN /0999/ 171 ESP *

*Lucky numbers: .................. 9-13-21-30-31-44*

*You are to notify the Agent whose e-mail address is given above in Madrid Spain via e-mail or fax of your prize for you to receive the application form for the processing of your prize.*

*As part of our security protocols, we advise you to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-selected winner or un-official personnel.*


*Yours, *

*Dr. Chris Carlos *


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