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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: "Mr. Jeffrey Nelson" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2023 04:27:41 -0800
Subject: Congratulations !

The International Awareness
Promotion Department Of
Headquarters: 1X, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham Shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
The United Kingdom.
Customer Service : 580 WCL 85915
Tel No : + 44 -7031 93 4743.
Reference Number : YHMS - 010 / 2551256115 / 011
Security Code : YHMS/OCT/XX011.
Winning Number: BE 0870L/URL.
****************************** **************

Attention: Lucky Winner,

We happily announce to you the draw of the 2022 Yahoo & Microsoft Inc. email
prize award International program held on the 12th of August 2022, in
Nottingham United Kingdom. Your email address attached to Ticket number: AG
- 546 7443465 L45, Winning number: BE 0870L/UCRL, with Serial number: 654-
668, and Draw lucky number: 7151814 - 05, which subsequently won you this
award in the 2nd Category of File number: FA1405U-ID. With your Batch
number: 0865-B and Reference number: YHMS- 08 /2551256005/11, You have
therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £750,000.00 GBP ( Seven
Hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds) in Cheque.

All participants in this magnificent lottery program were selected randomly
through a computer ballot system and database of over 95.000.000 individual
email addresses from all search engines. Your e-mail address was picked by
the automated computer ballot system, which has been programmed for this
random selection. This has eventually qualified you for the Winning. This
promotional program takes place annually and is promoted and sponsored by
eminent personalities, Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc. With
the support of European And American corporate companies and organizations
to encourage the use of Internet and computers worldwide.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Asian / Oversea
representative's booklet as indicated in your File number: FA1405U-ID. In
view of this, your £750,000,00 GBP cheque would be released to you by Our
Asian / Overseas payment officer. Furthermore, Please Contact Bar. Ralph
Steinberd at Our United State(USA) Regional Branch to commence with the
process, facilitating the immediate release of your OWN CHEQUE, with the
following information below:......
****************************** ********

Barrister Ralph Steinberd
MICROSOFT Inc. Asian / Oversea Payment Officer.
Email :
Office - Tel No : + 1 ( 501 ) 888 9163

(A) Winning number:, (B) Serial number:, (C) Draw lucky number:, (D) File

1. Name:.............

2. Address:..........

3. Marital Status:........

4. Occupation:.............

5. Age:..........

6. Sex:.........

7. Nationality :............

8. Country of Residence:.......

9. Telephone Number:..........

10. Scanned copy of your ID CARD or PASSPORT ......

Note: In order to avoid mistakes, please remember to quote your Reference,
Batch numbers and Security code of YHMS/OCT/XX011. in all correspondence
with your Claim / Payment Officer. Please note that all winnings must be
claimed not later than one month after the date of this winning
notification. Please contact Barrister. Ralph Steinberd in your claim with
the following details above to enable the speedy evaluation and processing
of your winning.
****************************** ******************

Congratulations !


MR. Jeffrey Nelsona
Zonal coordinator
Yahoo & Microsoft Inc.
United Kingdom Headquarters

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