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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 MAIL LOTTERY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 22:58:35 -0400

Dear Winner,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?
You may not understand why this mail came to you. Its Happen that Yahoo Computer Ballot Lottery empower Dr. Jerry Yang to contact you concern your winning notification in Yahoo Ballot Computer Lottery game for 2013 International award. The Yahoo Computer Ballot Lottery approved Bounds/Promo sum of (US$1.5Million USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS), been the MSN, YAHOO, AOL / GMAIL COMPUTER BALLOT LOTTERY GAME PROGRAM 2013. And Therefore your email id appear to YAHOO draw Computer ballot Lucky number : 2008234522.
therefore you are entitle to inherit this PRIZE, whereby your email id draw to the winning notification.  Henceforth, There is no much thing you should do then to Purchase Yahoo Award Winning Certificate r / Yahoo Unconditioal Irrovecation Lottery Guarantee Certificate and Affidavit of Lottery Claim that will enable your real First And Last Name as account holder of the E-mail id that won the Lottery prize, which will lead you to be among of Ten Lucky Winner's that will receive this Lottery Bounds this next week which is (US$1.5Million USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS).  However, you hereby are advice to open Communication with James Okoye, The Director Yahoo Computer Ballot Lottery in order to use his good office to help you facilitate to purchase in your name Yahoo Award Winning Certificate, which will authorized the paying bank to Release the (US$1.5Million USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS) to you without any delay.
For Information, Contact the Director Yahoo Computer Ballot Lottery Mr. James Okoye, to help you Purchase mention senstive documents that will lead you through to receive this bounds.  Remember there’s no time to wait, because Delay is Dangerous so open communication with him as soon as possible.
Direct Mobile: +234808-6456-867 the Director, Yahoo Computer Ballot Lottery Dept.
Meanwhile forward these information's to him so that he will use it work on the yahoo award winning
2. Postal ADDRESS:_______
3. PHONE NUMBER:_________
4. CELL NUMBERS:_______
5. EMAIL ADDRESS: ________
6. SEX:_____
7. AGE:_____
8. OCCUPATION:________
9. NATIONALITY:________
NOTE: It's important you initiate correspondence with MR JAMES OKOYE ( immediately for guidance to receive the allotted sum
Jerry Yang
Promotions Coordinator

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