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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! Online Claims" <>
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 22:45:48 -0000
Subject: REF:YAHOO6/315116127/27


The prestigious YAHOO! has set out and successfully organized a
Sweepstakes marking the Begining of the year 2010 anniversary we rolled
out over £1,000,000.00 (One Million Great British Pounds) for our new
year Anniversary Draws. Participants for the draws were randomly
selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which we enjoy their

The selection was made through a computer draw system attaching
personalized email addresses to ticket numbers. If you ignore this, you
will regret it later. Yahoo! and Microsoft are now the largest Internet
companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains
the most widely used program, Yahoo and Microsoft are running an e-mail
beta test.

Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number
883734657492-5319 with REF:YAHOO7/315116127/27 and drew the
BATCH:15/623/UK which subsequently won you £1,000,000.00 (One Million
Great British Pounds) as one of the 10 jackpot winners in this draw. You
have therefore won the entire winning sum of £1,000,000.00 (One Million
Great British Pounds). The draws registered as Draw number one was
conducted in 44 Moorfields London EC2Y 9AL UNITED KINGDOM on the 21st of
March 2010. These Draws are commemorative and as such special.

Please be informed by this winning notification, to file your claims,
you are to make contact with your designated agent who shall by duty
guide you through the process to facilitate the release of your prize.
To file for your claim Please Contact your fiduciary agent.

Mrs Clari Ortiz
Tel: +4470-2403-4853
Yahoo! Promotion Award Team

You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with the following
details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications:

1. Your Full Names
2. Address & Country
3. Ref: Numbers
4. Batch Number
5. Phone/fax
6. Age / Marital Status
7. Occupation.
8. How do you Feel as a Winner.

Thank you for being part of our commemorative new year Anniversary
Draws. Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the interative
Lotteries Board Commission :

Yahoo! Promotion Award Team.

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