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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Syaefuddin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:16:35 +0700
Subject: Lotto Win Notification.
La Loteriie Romande
Rue Marterey 13,
Reference : LR/51-CH/4103,
Batch : LR/09/17
This is to formally inform you that your email identity emerged winner of 2,500,000 EUR in LOTERIE ROMANDE online draws for 2010 which was conducted last week.
Your email address was attached to serial number: 09-7391 and drew the winning numbers; 9-31-17-23-12-39.
To proceed with your claims, you are to make contact with your fund release agent, Mr.William Hartwell of the Paying insurance company with details below;
Professional & Risk Manager
Zurich Management Services Limited
For more information and release details.
Endeavor to quote your reference (LR/51-CH/4103) and batch numbers (LR/09/17) in every correspondence.
La Lotterie Romande.
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