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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: "Marissa Mayer" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <www.mamayers_10@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2022 08:48:25 -0700
Subject: RE:WINNING NUMBER: W77450T

                      Yahoo Award Notification from United Kingdom"
Yahoo Awards Center
 
124 Stock port Road, Long sight, Manchester M60 2DB - United Kingdom
 
This is to inform you that you have won prize money of Eight HundredThousand Great Britain Pounds (800, 000, 00.) for the month of August 2022 Prize Promotion, which is organized by YAHOO AWARDS.
 
THIS IS TO SUPPORT THE WORLD ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC; YAHOO collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from other e-mail Providers. Ten people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.
                        PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
 
OUR SPONSORS
 
Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. Yahoo Prize Award must be claimed no later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any Prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.
 
Stated below are your identification numbers:
WINNING NUMBER:W77450T
REFERENCE NUMBER:20093490087689
WINNING INSURANCE POLICY:JXCVUK5487689
REGISTRATION NUMBER:IHZA 349008721BB
 
Listed below are our payment modalities and options.
 
(1) TRAVELING DOWN HERE TO UNITED KINGDOM FOR COLLECTION OF YOUR WINNING PRIZE
(2) ELECTRONIC WIRE TRANSFER
(3) BANK DRAUGHT PAYMENT
 
These numbers fall within the United Kingdom file, you are requested to contact Cornerstone Financial Managements Claims Agent, our Fiduciary agent in London United Kingdom/South African and send your winning identification numbers to this below contact of the Claims agents:
 
UNITED KINGDOMCLAIM AGENT
 
Contact Person: Dr. Dan John.
Phone: (+44) 745 127 8324
Fax: (+44) 086 767 7028
 
SOUTH AFRICANCLAIM AGENT
 
Contact Person: Michael Miller Esq.
Phone: Phone: (+27) 655 677 178 Available on What Sapp
Fax: (+27) 702 402 9262
 
 
You are advised to send the following information to your Claims Agent to facilitate the release of your fund to you.
 
1. Names in Full:
2. Address:
3. Nationality:
4. Country:
5. Marital Status:
6. Mobile Phone:
7. Phone:
8. Age:
9. Sex:
10. Occupation:
11. Next Of Kin:
12. Winners E-mail:
E, TOTAL AMOUNT: 800, 000, 00
Winning Number:
Reference No:
Winning Insurance policy:
Registration No:
 
Note: Since you are from South Africa you can send the above winning information to this what sapp number (+27) 655 677 178 with your winning e-mail.
 
Congratulations!! Once again.
 
Yours in service,
Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!/CEO) Ex.
 
 
--------------------------------
WARNING!
 
Do not tell people about your Prize Award until your money is successfully handed over to you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim.
You may also receive similar emails from people portraying to be other Organizations or Yahoo Inc. This is solely to collect your personal information from you and lay claim over your winning. In Event that you receive any email similar to the notification letter that was sent to you, kindly Delete it from your mailbox and give no further correspondence to such person or body.
 
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT BE ATTENDED TO. KINDLY CONTACT YOUR FIDUCIARY AGENT DIRECTLY FOR FURTHER DIRECTIONS
 
Yahoo shall not be held responsible for any loss of fund arising from the above mentioned
 
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