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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/ MSN-AWARD LOTTERY PROMO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:59:08 +0200

United Kindom, 61-70
Southampton Row
Bloomsbury London
United Kingdom WC 1B 4AR.

Dear Winner,

Your Email Address has been picked online to Yahoo Computer Lottery as a winner of 1.5m pounds. The draws were conducted from an exclusive list of 13lucky emails of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search.

Batch number…………………YBM-EBS-360AF
Reff number……………………YBM-EBS-710AF
Winning number……………YBM-EBS-718AF

Please Provide Your information in full to facilitate immediate released of your prize.
1. YOUR FULL NAMES:______ _______________________________________
2. POSTAL ADDRESS:_______ ______________________________________
3. PHONE NUMBER:_________ ______________________________________
4. CELL NUMBERS:_________________________________________________
5. EMAIL ADDRESS: ________ _______________________________________
6. SEX:_____ ______________________________________________________
7. AGE:_____ ______________________________________________________
8. OCCUPATION:___________________________________________________
9. NATIONALITY:___________________________________________________
10. COPY OF YOUR DRIVER LIC:_____________________________________

Forward your information to Financial Consultant to proceed ahead to release your winning fund.

Name: Frank Wilson
Tel: +447937043713

Note that you have from now till 30th July to claim your prize or else it will roll to next draw which is coming up on November 10th 2012.

Yours In Service,
Susan Alison
Lottery coordinator

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