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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 Lottery" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 14:04:22 +0700
Subject: Dear Email Owner,

TOYOTA CAR LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS THAILAND,                                             
CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT TOYOTA                              
MOTOR CORPORATIONS, THAILAND. 92/48                                   
SATHON NUA RD. FL 17 SATHORN THANI 2                         
BLDG SILOM, BANG RAK, SILOM,                       
BANGKOK 10500, THAILAND.                                 
Customer Service Department
Dear Email Owner,
This is to inform you that you have won a sum of US$ 2,500,000.00 United States Dollars Only for the email user this 2011 Prize promotion which is organized by TOYOTA ONLINE CYBER LOTTERY THAILAND, Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program. Among the (2,500,000.00) that subscribed to MICROSOFT, HOTMAIL, YAHOO, GMAIL Companies domains and few from other e-mails providers, 12 people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners this year 2011.
Your email address has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of (US$ 2,500,000.00 UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash with the following reference numbers:
Ticket Number 4500542188(TMPWAYZ20051).
Serial Number MH4710019
Reference Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA.
Bonus Number VXT55
INSURANCE Number is: WIF0050770
Note: your e-mail address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 4500542188(TMPWAYZ20051), with serial number MH4710019 drew the Reference Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA. And Bonus number 1 and consequently YOU HAVE won in the Second Category. To begin your claim:-
1. Your Full Names:
2. Your Country:
3. Telephone Number:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
For further clarification please call and send mail to your claim agent (Dr. Wong Lee) in order to process your claims with our payee bank:-
Dr. Wong Lee OR Mr. Paul Wilton
Claim Agent,
Toyota Lottery Thailand Branch.
Phone Contact :+( 66)814874931
WARNING: Keep your winning informationís 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,
Yours faithfully,

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