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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: "Toyota Automobile Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:24:07 -1200
Subject: Toyota Comapany Alert!!!

22 Garden Close Stamford,
Linc, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom.
Your E-mail address has Been randomly selected a winner of the sum of 1,500,000 00 GBP ( One Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) only by the internet powered satellite of The Toyota Motor Company Lottery Promotion Season's Sweep-Stakes Award Promotion London Headquarters’ 2014 ballot computer system from a Data Base of Internet Email Users from worldwide (Africa, Asia, America, Australia/Oceania, Europe and Antarctica) your email address came out as one of the winning email addresses in the 2nd category of the 2014 TOYOTA® Promotions from your region/territory, In line with the commemorating event marking our 76th anniversary.
Your Ticket Number: TMCLP/81124TY/UK,
Reference Number.: TMCLP/037/12.UK ,
Lucky Number: 101-418-43-2014,
Your Insurance Number: TMCLP/466/553L/2014
Batch Number: TMCLP/7416/VA.3/UK.
Please take note of your quoted information’s as they will be needed for verification. You are advised to contact our claim officer with the follow details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications with this email id ;
1.Full Name:
2.Contact Address:
4.Date Of Birth:
5.Marital Status:
10.Zip Code:
12.Tel/Fax Number:
13.Wining Email Address:
14.Ticket Number:
15.Reference Number:
16.Batch Number:
You are advised to contact the claim officer with the below details via this email ID;
(Contact Events Manager)
Name: Mr Bobby Moore.
Tel: +448719150042
Contact Email;
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claim is processed and your winning fund remitted to you, this is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program
Congratulation once more from our members of staff and the board of directors of Toyota Motor Company, UK Headquarters.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Mona Marshal.
{Promotion Director.}

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