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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: "Yah00! Newsletter"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 03:20:12 -0800
Subject: Re: Your $550,000.00 Win..


Are you the correct owner of this email address? If YES! then Congrats! as the result

of the 2019 YAHOO ASIA PACIFIC online e-mail address and free-ticket winning draws has

just been released.

Your email address was entered for the online draw on this Free Ticket Number: 085-

12876077-09 and won on this Lucky Number: 03-06-08-10-12-16-27.

We wish to inform you that you have won (550,000.00. USD) in our 2019 Yahoo (email) draws.
To file for claim, please contact below:


Dr. Slaev Roberts
YAHOO Asia Pacific Lottery Organization
401 Sultan Selim Mah. 34083 Istanbul/Turkey

In your reply email, include the following : Your Full Names, Nationality, Country of

residence, Telephone and Mobile Numbers, Home address, Month of draw, Sex, Date of Birth,

Occupation and Job title.


Thanks & Regards
Mrs. Alice Antonio Muara
YAHOO Asia Pacific Lottery Organization

401 Sultan Selim Mah.
34083 Istanbul/Turkey.

Your Personal Unique Ticket Code Is:


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