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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: "The Yahoo/Msn Lottery Incorporation" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:12:38 -0200 (EET)

The Yahoo/Msn Lottery Incorporation
PO Box 1010,Liverpool
L70 1NL,United Kingdom.
Ref: XYL /26510460037/05
Batch: 24/00319/IPD
We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won an Award in
the YAHOO/MSN LOTTERY (Inc) LIVE, in conjunction with the MICROSOFT
WINDOWS, YAHOO/MSN WINDOWS, held this week in London, United
The Award Center of YAHOO/MSN Inc randomly selected 10 email addresses
through a computer ballot system to receive an award of Five Hundred
Thousand Great British Pounds Starlings (£500,000.00) each as a part of
their for-profit philanthropic wing (YAHOO/MSN.) promotion. Awards MUST be
claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 12 days from the day of
Batch number......................YM 09102XN
Reff number.........................YM35447XN
Winning number.......................YM09788
Our Event Manager will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons,
you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your
claims is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of
this program,
Send your complete personal information with your Award Reff no, Batch no,
and file no. to enable us process your claim;
1. Full Name:
4. Age.
5. Marital Status:
7.E-Mail Address:
8.Telephone Number:
9.Amount Won:
12.Next Of Kin:
13.Zip Code:.
14. Nationality:
15. Your Reference and Batch Number:
Dr. Caldwell Martins
Director of Operations
Private number:+447017606112
Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this email address.
Once again congratulations!! Sincerely Yours,
(Yahoo/Msn Lottery Promotion/Lottery Coordinator).

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