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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:

Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 07:52:24 +0200




Yahoo Awards Center

>From The Desk Of The Promotions
Promotions/Yahoo Award
 124 Stockport Road, Long sight,
Manchester M60 2DB - United  Kingdom This is to inform you that your
e-mail address have won a prize money of Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand
Pounds Sterling (£550,000,00.) for this month of March, 2009 Prize
organized by YAHOO AWARDS & WINDOWS LIVE.YAHOO/GMAIL. Active email
addresses of various service providers were randomly selected and short listed
for electronic balloting. Luckily your e-mail address is amongst those
selected as beneficiary of such prize award. This award is for the promotion
of e-commerce and communication the world over. Six beneficiaries are selected
monthly to benefit from this promotion as you are one of the Selected

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIMWinners shall be paid in accordance with his/her
Settlement Centre. THE YAHOO & GMAIL WINDOW LIVE Prize Award must be
claimed no later than 14 days from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not
claimed within this period will be forfeited and rolled over to the next
balloting. Stated below are your identification numbers:  

BATCH NUMBER:          
 8017 These numbers fall within the England Location file, you are
requested to contact our fiduciary agent in London and send your winning
identification numbers to him; Below you will find a Documentation Form,
requesting your contact/personal information’s for identification



STATE: __________________________________ ZIP:
_____________________ PHONE/FAX: __________________________________


______________________________________ COUNTRY________________________________  AGE:
__________________ MARITAL STATUS: _________________ OCCUPATION:
________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS:
_____________________________ NATIONALITY_________________________ You
are required to fill and submit the above form/questionnaire to our Overseas
Claims/United Kingdom Payment Unit with the below email address or fax.
 Overseas Claims/Exchange Online Payment Unit  Contact Person: Name:
Mr. Cedric Willoughby 


Tel: +44 703 186 1935


Fax: +44 870 471 7531




CONGRATULATIONS!!!   At your disposal, I remain.Yours in
service,Dr. Esther Dyson (Mrs.)


WARNING!Do not disclose the information’s contained therein to others
about your Prize Award until your prize monies is successful handed over to
you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claims. You may also
receive similar e-mails from people portraying to be other Organizations or
Yahoo Inc. This is solely to collect your personal/winning information’s
and lay claim over such winning. In an event of receiving any e-mail similar
to this notification letter as dispatched from this office, kindly delete it
from your mail box and give no further correspondence to such person or body.
Yahoo shall not be held responsible for any loss of fund arising from the
above mentioned. The information in this e-mail (which includes any
attachments transmitted with it) is confidential and may be legally
privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. If you are not the
intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution of this e-mail is
strictly prohibited. The views and opinions expressed in this e-mail are those
of the sending authority or lottery board. If you have received this e-mail in
error, please do not read it, notify the lottery board and delete the e-mail
from your system.


The Lottery board cannot assure that the integrity of this communication has
been maintained or that it is free of error, viruses, interception or
interference. While The Lottery Board has taken all reasonable precautions to
ensure that no viruses are present in this e-mail, the lottery board cannot
accept liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of the
e-mail.  You are accordingly encouraged to keep the information’s
contained therein confidential and also carry out your own virus checks prior
to opening same.




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