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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: "SUN LEE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:45:12 +0800

TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUARTER) Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan . 3 - 4 Kojimachi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 Japan JP.

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the 40 winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM 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. 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 523-958-2261, with serial number TL-909-P874E-69CN drew the lucky numbers 04, 07, 29, 44, 42, 30 and Bonus number 39 , Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/ 453L /GMSA. Batch No:- 538901527-BB67. and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW. You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$1,000, 000, 00 in cash, including a Toyota car which is the winning present /amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$40,000.000,00 shared among
Name: Mr SUN LEE Telephone: Foreign Services Manager, Toyota Motor Corporations China E MAIL:
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your 1.Full Name : 2, Address : 3, State : 4, Country : 5, Sex : 6, Telephone : 7, Fax Number : 8, Date of Birth : 9, Occupation : 10, Reference/Batch Number :. Yours faithfully, DR Ivan . E.A (VICE PRESIDENT FINANCE)

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