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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: "Mr. Watanaselarat Pirapong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <privatemailbox2012@yahoo.co.jp>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:12:28 +0700
Subject: YAHOO THAILAND LOTTERY ORGANISATION

YAHOO THAILAND LOTTERY ORGANISATION
ASIA PACIFIC ZONE
Bangkok Branch Office
Address: Bangkhunprom Road, Bangkok
Bangkok 10900 Thailand
Attn: Email owner,
Yahoo! Mail announces you as one of the 50 lucky winners in the ongoing 12 Years Yahoo lottery Award of the Year 2011 Held this month.All 25 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails each from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually, consequently, you have been approved for a total pay out of ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS ( $1, 000. 000.00USD).
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our Bangkok representative office in Bangkok Thailand, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of ( $1, 000.000.00USD) will be released to you from this regional branch office in Bangkok Thailand.
Your fund is now deposited with our Bank/Security Company Bangkok Thailand and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed, and your winning Cheque have being sent to you or remitted to your account, as this is part of our security protocol, to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants, as has happened in the past.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
These are your identification numbers.
Ticket number.....................154-12872774-09
Serial number.......................21370-7
Lucky number...................27-50-23-94-66-40
Ref number...................Y.TILB/6362362114/26
To begin your lottery claims, Please contact our Yahoo Lottery Co-ordinator as follows,
Email: privatemailbox2012@yahoo.co.jp
Name: Mr.mr.Watanaselarat Pirapong
 
You are to send the completed verification form below to the co-ordinator whose email address is given above so that you will be advised on what to do to get your prize money. Congratulations once more!!
1. FULL NAME ...........................
2. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ...........................
3. PRESENT ADRESS. ...........................
4. DATE OF BIRTH ...........................
5. OCCUPATION ...........................
6. TELEPHONE NUMBER ...........................
7. SEX ...........................
8. FAX NUMBER ...........................
9. MARITAL STATUS ...........................
10. WINNING NUMBER, BATCH NUMBER AND LOTTO NUMBER. ...........................
11,A scan copy of your identification ...........................
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than one month time. Any claim not made by this date (within one month) will be returned to HER MAJESTYS DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY. And also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to (THE PROMOTIONS COMPANY). Because they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery in your name.
Note also that this 10% will be remitted after you have received your winnings prize, because the money is insured in your name already. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences with us, Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform our Co-ordinator as soon as possible. Yahoo lottery is a free service that does not require you to be a Yahoo! Registered user.
An original copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate will be sent to you by Administrative Remittance Operation Manager of the payment Bank here in Thailand.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our International Promotions program.
We wish you continued good fortunes.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Susan Thong
Vice President
Yahoo! Lotto Org.
Mr. Peter Moore
Online Coordinator.
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