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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 AUTOMOBILES COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <toyotaclaims@w.cn>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 09:28:06 +0530
Subject: Toyota Company Update

TOYOTA AUTOMOBILES COMPANY
22 Garden Close Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom.
Tel: +447017778032
 
STAR PRIZE WINNER
This is to inform you officially that you have won a Brand New TOYOTA CAMRY 2011 Car  and a cash prize of (500,000 00 GBP). The car comes with a special TOYOTA Insurance Cover for one whole year that is till the next promotion in 2011. It also comes with a one year warranty and FREE repairs at any TOYOTA AUTOMOBILES depot or service station worldwide.
 
Please Fill the Information below and Send To toyotaclaims@w.cn
Scan copy of your Identification (Driving License or any valid I.D Proof)
1.Full Name:
2.Full Address:
3.State:
4.Occupation:
5.Age:
6.Sex: male
7.Country:
8.Winning Email:
9.Tel.Number:
 
(Contact Events Manager)
Name: Mr Lee  Wang
Contact Email; toyotaclaims@w.cn
Tele Phone Nos; +447017778032
Congratulations once more and keep trusting TOYOTA AUTOMOBILE for top quality automobiles Car.
 
Yours Faithfully,
Mr Marshal Smith
Promotion Director.
 
Read more: www.toyota.com.cn
TOYOTA AUTOMOBILE LONDON UNITED KINGDOM .
2010-2011 TOYOTA AUTOMOBILE COMPANY.
 

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