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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Yahoo, United Kingdom; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- email address: dr. fred mambo firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com you are required to forward her with the following (Scociabank; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: MICRO CORPORATION <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:03:16 +0000
Subject: PLEASE GET BACK TO ME...............
YOU EMAIL ADDRESS WINING THE PRIZE
MICROSOFT CORPORATION MANAGEMENT WORLDWIDE INTERNET LOTTERY
YOU WON £600 000:00 British Pounds!
Microsoft &Yahoo gives members random cash prizes. Today, your account is randomly selected as the one of 5 top winners accounts who will get cash prizes from us. We are happy to inform you that you have won prize money of (Six Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds sterling (£600,000:00) for the December 2009. Lottery wins promotion, which is organized by Microsoft &Yahoo every month.
Microsoft &Yahoo, collects all the mail ID of the people that are online, among the millions that subscribe to Microsoft &Yahoo we only select five people every month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we are congratulating you for been one of the people selected. All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
Multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the communities where they have operational base.
Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our British representative office in United Kingdom , as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of £600,000; 00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in UK.
We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our next year 2010
high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
These are your identification numbers..........
REF NUMBER :MS/653/029/030000
To begin your claims, kindly contact our fiduciary agent company at this email address:
Dr. Fred Mambo
You are required to forward her with the following details:
His name is DR. FRED MAMBO
2.COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
5.DATE OF BIRTH
9.FAX NUMBER (IF ANY)
11.LUCKY NUMBER, BATCH NUMBER AND SERIAL NUMBER.
12 THE MONTH YOU WON.. December 2009
As soon as you contact him, he will advise you on what to do in order to get your prize money. Congratulations once more!!
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your
prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Ms. Jennifer Laiz
MICROSOLF LOTTO CO-ORDINATOR