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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/MSN PROMO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <nationalclaims2010@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:58:43 +0100
Subject: Your Email Won!!!

Yahoo/Msn Lottery
In-corporation
Baley House, Har Road
Sutton, Greater London
SM1 4te
United  Kingdom
 
This is to inform you that your email have won a prize money of ONE MILLION
FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLINGS(1,500,000.00) on our new year bonanza of January 17th 2011 Lottery  promotion which organize by YAHOO & HOTMAIL LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.
 
YAHOO & HOTMAIL  MICROSOFT WINDOWS in conjunction ,collects all the email
addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that
subscribed to Yahoo/hotmail,gmail and other network service provider.we only
select 7 persons in every Six Month as our winners through electronic
balloting System without the winner applying,we congratulate you for being
one of the people selected.
 
            PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
 
You are to contact your Claims Agent on or before your date of Claim,Winners
Shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre.Yahoo and
Hotmail  Lottery Prize must be claimed no later than 15 days from date of
Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won.Any prize not
claimed within this period will be forfeited.
 
These are your identification numbers:
 
Batch number.....................YHM09102XN
Reff number......................YHM35447XN
Winningnumber....................YHM09788
 
____________________________________________________________________
You are therefore advised to send the following information to Fudiciary
manager.
 
DR.ROBERT PETER
REMMITANCE DIRECTOR
YAHOO PROMOTIONS UK
Tel: #    +44-701-423-3185
FAX  #    +44-871-247-6662
E-mail: nationalclaims2010@yahoo.co.uk
 
You are to fill the neccessary information to enable processing of your winning prize.
 
1.Full Name:.............................
2.Residential Address:...................
3.Winning mobile number:.................
4.Amount won:............................
5..Contact Telephone Number :............
6..Sex:..................................
7.Age:...................................
8.Next of Kin:...........................
9.Nationality:...........................
10.Country:..............................
11.Occupation:...........................
 
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning informations
confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you.
 
Congratulations!! once again.
Yours in service,
Mrs.Claudia Perkins
(Online co-ordinator)

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