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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 LOTTERY PROMOTION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:55:44 +0700
Subject: WINNING NUMBER: Mic/Toyo:. 77112131512/YMHG

CODE NUMBER: Mic/Toyo:. 2443638394/YMHG
TICKET NO: Mic/Toyo:. 2119383856/YMHG
WINNING NUMBER: Mic/Toyo:. 77112131512/YMHG
Dear Lucky winner: Ref No: Mic/Toyo:. 77112131512/YMHG
Microsoft and Toyota Automobiles Asia Pacific Online Corp. wishes to inform you that your e-mail accounts have been selected and therefore has made you one of our winners in the MICROSOFT AND TOYOTA ASIA-PACIFIC E-MAIL ONLINE SWEEPSTAKES PROMOTION. MICROSOFT and  TOYOTA AUTOMOBILES COMPANY collects all the email addresses of the people who are active online; among the people who subscribed also to Hotmail, Msn, Aol, Gmail Yahoo & other Microsoft Webmail, we only select five people every year as our winners through an electronic balloting system without the winner applying. This comes as a result of your constant use of our online and ancillary services.
In case you still have doubts arising from the angle of how you got selected, note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email ballot system where millions of email addresses where drawn from worldwide web email directories from which you have emerged as one of our lucky winners. Hence we do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be active and patronage to the Microsoft Windows and Toyota Automobiles/Online Office. We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully pass the requirements, statutory obligations, verification's, validations and satisfactory report Test conducted for all online winners. A winning Check (Cheque) of $1,000,000 US DOLLAR  and a Brand New Toyota Car 2017 has been issued in your name by the Microsoft And Toyota Asia Pacific Promotion Award Team, and also a certificate of prize claims, Certificate of Origin of Funds, Lette
Information's required from you are part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. To claim your won prize, please contact the Microsoft Asia Pacific Award claims Coordinator (Dr.Joe Li Tong) neatly filling the Verification form below.
Dr. Joe Li Tong,
Microsoft Asia-Pacific Award Coordinator:
First Name:
Last Name:
Residential Address:
Telephone/ Mobile:
Fax Number:
Date Of Birth (dd/mm/yr):
Occupation/Position Held:
Marital Status:
Amount Won:
Alternate Email:
Ever Won An Online Lottery Before? Yes/No
We congratulate you for being one of the selected winners, and we also felicitate with you and your family. This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the Internet Microsoft Windows.
Thanks & Regards
James Miklo.
Chairman, Organizing Committee
Microsoft And Toyota Automobile Asia Pacific Promotion Award Team.

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