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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 Inc ! <>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:11:02 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Congratulation You have won One Million Dollars in Yahoo! Lottery promotion

Yahoo! Inc.
Customer Care .
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089.


Dear Lucky Winner,

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of One Million United States Dollars Only (US$1,000 000.00) in the YEAR 2010/2011 YAHOO! Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO! LOTTERY INC for the introduction and Launching of the new YAHOO ! BETA MAIL which all YAHOO! subscribers are required to switch to. YAHOO! & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, arranged and gathered all the e-mail addresses of the people that are active online, among the Millions that subscribe at YAHOO!, HOTMAIL and others we only selected THREE (3) candidates as our winners after undergoing the random selection process through Electronic Balloting System (E.B.S) without the candidate applied, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.


You are to contact the Claim Agent Dr Peter Wilde who will issue you a clearance paper as a winning certificate approved and certified from our Regional office in London , United Kingdom . And your prize money will be released to you from any of our regional promotion banks as directed by the claim agent.

YAHOO! Beta Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 14 days from date of Draw Notification in which Prize has been won.

Note: Any prize not claimed within this period of 14days will be forfeited.


Batch number......................YBM-EBS-390AF
Ref number........................YBM-EBS-719AF
Winning number...............YBM-EBS-798AF

These numbers above fall within the United Kingdom file, you are requested to contact him the claim Agent and send your Identification Numbers and Personal information to him;

Contact by E-mail,

Dr Peter Wilde

Claim Agent and Verification Officer
Phone: +44(704)5797666
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm London Local Time) Address: 125
Shaftesbury Avenue, London,WC2H 8AD


You are therefore advised to send the following information to him to facilitate and process the transfer of your fund with any of our Bank promotion agent.

Send your Identification Numbers/Your Personal Information to him so that he will proceed further for your prize claim immediately:

1. Full Name
2. Nationality/Religion
3. Contact Address
4. Telephone Number
5. Fax Number
6. Date of Birth
7. Occupation
8. Age
9. Sex
10.Alternative E-mail address
11.Next of Kin of the Beneficiary incase

You are advised to keep your winning information confidential to avoid double claim and abuse of the program until your prize is paid to you.

We hope you're enjoying your new Yahoo! Mail account. Now take the next step and claim your money and say thanks to Yahoo! You select how to transfer the prize money to you.

1. Account Transfer to your nominated account
2. Cheque Delivery

This prize will be released to you from any of our promotional banks as will be directed by the United Kingdom Claim/verification agent.

Note: No amount should be allowed to be deducted from your prize money as a contractual agreement between this board and the paying bank.

We use this opportunity to thank our major network sponsors/promoter for their support to this year winning notification draw to the lucky winners.

Yahoo! UK & Ireland
This e-mail is from Yahoo! Head Office USA and approved by the Yahoo! UK Ltd, 125 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8AD.


>From Yahoo Customer Care

Copyright © 2011 Yahoo Inc!. All rights reserved

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