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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: "TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 00:42:13 +0800
Subject: Congratulations

Room No.220 Beijing Fortune Building No.5,
Dong San Huan Bei Lu Chaoyang District,
Beijing, 100004, China
Customer Service Department

Dear Email Owner,

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of $750,000.00 United States Dollars Only for the email users this 2010 Prize promotion which is organized by TOYOTA ONLINE CYBER LOTTERY CHINA , We Collects all the email addresses of people worldwide, that are active online this 2010, among the millions that subscribed to MICROSOFT, HOTMAIL, YAHOO, GMAIL Companies domains and few from other e-mail providers, 12 people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners this year 2010.

Your email address has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of ($750,000.00 UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash with the following reference numbers

Ticket Number 889-026-1319 .
Serial Number 101-116
Lucky Numbers 009,789,176,
Bonus Number XQW55
INSURANCE Number is:WIF0030910

To begin your claim, Contact our claim department , please call and send mail to your claim agent(Mr Chen Lin) inorder to process your claims with our coperate payee bank:-

1.Your Full Names:
2.Your Country:
3.Telephone Number:

For futher clarification please call and send mail to your claim agent(Mr Chen Lin) inorder to process your claims with our coperate payee bank:-
Mr Chen Lin.
Claim Agent,
Toyota Lottey China Branch.
Phone Contact:+8613038890907
WARNING: Keep your winning information confidential until your claims are processed and your fund remitted to you in your bank account. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.

Congratulations once again,

Your's Sincerely,
Mrs.Annie Chen
Online coordinator

We wish you the best of luck, Thank you for being part of our promotional award program and commemorative Anniversary.

Copyright 2010 Toyota Lottery promotions All Right Reserve"

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