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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: "Yahoo Customer Care." <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2023 11:25:04 +0100
Subject: Congratulations!!From Yahoo Customer Care 2023.

Yahoo! Inc.
Customer Care Department .
Electronic Email Award
Winning Notification.
Conducted in Our African
Regional Office Nigeria.


Dear Lucky Winner,

This is to inform you that Your Personal E-mail address or your Company
email address
have won a prize money of One Million United States Dollars Only
(US$1,000 000.00) in this YEAR 2023 YAHOO!
Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO! LOTTERY INC for the
introduction and Launching of our new YAHOO!BETA MAIL which all YAHOO!
subscribers are required to switch to. YAHOO MAIL CLASSIC! & MICROSOFT
arranged and gathered all the e-mail addresses of the people that are
active online, among the Millions that subscribe at YAHOO!, HOTMAIL and
others we only selected THREE (3) candidates as our winners after
undergoing the random selection process through Electronic Balloting
System (E.B.S) without the candidate applied, we congratulate you for
being one of the people selected.


You are to contact the Claim Agent Dr.James Morgan who will issue you a
clearance paper as a winning certificate approved and certified from our
African Regional office here in Nigeria. And your prize money will be
released to you from any of our regional promotion banks as directed by
the claim agent.
YAHOO! Beta Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 14 days from
of Draw Notification in which Prize has been won.

Note: Any prize not claimed within this period of 14 days will be


Batch number......................YBM-EBS-390AF
Ref number........................YBM-EBS-719AF
Winning number...............YBM-EBS-798AF

How to claim your prize!!
Please contact claim agent by email or telephone number below:

Claim Agent and Verification Officer.

Name:Dr James Morgan
Tel: +2348093583217


You are therefore advised to send the following information to him to
facilitate and process the transfer of your fund with any of our Bank
promotion agent.

Send your Identification Numbers/Your Personal Information to him so
he will proceed further for your prize claim immediately:


1. Full Name
2. Contact Address
3. Nationality
4. Religion
5. Mobile phone Number
6. Month Of Birth.. Day.. Year..
7.Marital Status.
8. Occupation/Company`s Name.:
9. Gender
10.Alternative E-mail address

You are advised to keep your winning information confidential to avoid
claim and abuse of the program until your prize is paid to you.We hope
you're enjoying your new Yahoo!Mail
Classic account.
Note: No amount should be allowed to be deducted from your prize money
a contractual agreement between this board and the paying bank.

We use this opportunity to thank our major network sponsors/promoter for
their support to this year 2023 Yahoo Inc Award Winning draw to the
lucky winners.

Yahoo! UK & Ireland
This e-mail is from Yahoo! Head Office USA and approved by the Yahoo!


From Yahoo Customer Care

Copyright © 2023 Yahoo Inc!.
All rights reserved.

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