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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: "Yahoo Lottery Inc!!!!!!" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 17:15:47 -0700

Dear Prizewinner,
Yahoo Inc! is pleased to inform you that you have won GBP?970,000.00 [British Pounds Sterling] only, as one of our lucky prizewinners in the "Yahoo Inc! All Email Lottery Promo Draw held on 4th of June 2009.
You are advice to fill out the information below and send it to your Claims Officer for payment.
1. Full name:
2. Full address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age / Sex:
5. Nationality:
6. Country of residence:
7. Tel./Cell number:
PLEASE NOTE: - Send your information to:
E-mail: /
Thank you and congratulations!
Best regards,
MRS. Hilary Blair
The Director-General..
FOR: The Board of Directors.
YAHOO! All e-mail lottery, 2009.
[You must be 16 or over to play or claim a prize].
Copyright 2009 Yahoo! All rights reserved.

Group 4 Securicor.
Wackenhut de Guatemala S.A.
Avenida Petapa 42-51 Zona 12
PBX   (502) 2421-8000

Wackenhut Guatemala, S.A. is part of the Group 4 Securicor group of companies.

This communication contains information which may be confidential, personal and/or privileged.

It is for the exclusive use of the intended recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient(s), please note that any distribution,
forwarding, copying or use of this communication or the information in it is strictly prohibited.

Any personal views expressed in this e-mail are those of the individual sender and Wackenhut de Guatemala, S.A. does not endorse or accept
responsibility for them.
Prior to taking any action based upon this e-mail message, you should seek appropriate confirmation of its authenticity.

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