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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 ASIA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 03:24:01 +0700
Subject: To: The Beneficiary

Congratulations !! The sole beneficiary of this email address.
YAHOO wishes to announce to you of our on going International EMAIL PROMOTION LOTTERY PRIZE DRAW. Your email Address attached to ticket number 071-26901482-04 with serial numbers 37495-0 that drew the lucky numbers of 02-17-23-35-48, consequently on the draw, has won the lottery and qualified among fifty international lucky winner email addresses in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of US$ 1,000, 000.00 (ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY) cash prize in file credited with REFERENCE: N.EG/2931635214/20.
The Lucky Numbers
Note: This promotion was drawn from the world wide websites emails online through a computer draw system and the 50 all winners addresses were selected randomly and extracted from over 100,000 email addresses & official addresses, that are listed online from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa. Therefore we congratulates your email address for being among this great successful.
To begin your prize claim, sum of US$ 1,000,000 cash prize, You are advised to fill all the stated information below and submitted to our Co-ordinator in charged on the email given below, for further instructions and directives on how to receive your cash prize.
Name: Co-ordinator Mr Chai Khun
Yahoo Asia Tower
Soi 82 Sukhotai Road, Kosan Bangkok 10800 Thailand
Tel: +66914652774
1. Name:
2. Address:
3. Marital Status:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:
7. Nationality:
8. Country Of Residence:
9. Telephone Number:
10. Fax Number:
11. Draw Number above:
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference  numbers in all correspondences with us, Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform our Co-ordinator as soon as possible.
Note: All winning prize payments are being covered by an order policy, which states it's can not be reduced or deducted, This policy was made to safeguard all prize payments so as to ensure no misplacement or misappropriation of winners fund.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning announcement confidential till your claim is processed and your prize remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measures for safety of your prize and to avoid double claimants or unwarranted false claim by unqualified persons. Please be warned and take note of this.
Remember, you are expected to claim your prize immediately and not more than 20 days to the date of notification. Any claim not made at the appropriate time will be returned to HER MAJESTYS DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY.
All the members and staffs of the YAHOO LOTTERY ASIA wishes to congratulates you and thank you for being a part of our International Promotion program.
We wish you continued good fortunes.
Dr. Guang Bendilly
Yahoo! Lottery Asia Inc.
Yours Sincerely,
Ittiporn Banyat
Vice President
Yahoo! Lottery Asia Inc.
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