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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: "Madam.Sudarat Best" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 01:51:36 -0700
Subject: Ticket Number 42188(MBNSA20155).

Dear E-mail Owner
This is to inform you that you have won a BRAND NEW Toyota Lottery 2016 CAR and a cash prize of ( US$2,500,000 00 USD). The car comes with a special TOYOTA INSURANCE Cover for one whole year that is till the next promotion. It also comes with a one year warranty and FREE repairs at any TOYOTA AUTOMOBILES depot or service centre worldwide. Your Batch No: 671544888052/0001 and Winning No: 6211 make you as one of the lucky winner in our 2016 NEW YEAR Charity! bonanza. Your email address has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of (US$ 2,500,000.00 UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash with the following reference numbers:
Ticket Number 42188(MBNSA20155).
Serial Number ZXV17104
Reference Number: K821/453L/EWR.
Bonus Number DDFA4999
INSURANCE Number is: QWA92632821
Note: your e-mail address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 42188(MBNSA20155), with serial number ZXV17104 drew the Reference Number:K821/453L/EWR. And Bonus number 1 and consequently YOU HAVE won in the Second Category. To begin your claim:-
1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Country:
7. Winning Email:
8. Mobile Number:
For further clarification please call and send mail to your claim agent (Madam.Sudarat Best) in order to process your claims with our payee bank:- Mr. Wayne Thanakit. OR Dr.Pond Alex
Contact Person: Madam.Sudarat Best
Contact Email:
Phone Number: +669275171
Congratulation On Your Winnings.
WARNING: Keep your winning information confidential until your claims are processed and your fund remitted to you in your bank account. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Congratulations once again,
Yours faithfully,
Madam.Sudarat Best

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