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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: "E-LOTTERY PROMO AWARD" <info@medi-kareonline.com>
Reply-To: beckerleon234@yahoo.cn
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 07:52:24 -0500 (EST)
Subject: ATTENTION TO THE OWNER OF THIS EMAIL ADDRESS





ATTENTION TO THE OWNER OF THIS EMAIL ADDRESS

We are pleased to notify you of your Electronic ward for 2.5, million.
Details
of your winning prize is as follows;
E-ticket number: 890231AN-333,
Category: A,
Draw: 6756
Amount: 2.5, million Dollars
You are required to establish contact with your claims agent via e-mail with
the particulars presented below:
CLAIMS AGENT

Contact: Mr. Leon Becker
Phone: +31 61 979 8868
Email: beckerleon234@yahoo.cn

In line with the governing rules of claim, you are requested to furnish
Mr. Becker With the following information:

1. Full name... 2. Address.... 3. Occupation... 4. Tel/Fax.... 5.
Cell/Mobile.... 6. Age... 7.. Winning Ref Number...........
NOTE: You are expected to contact the Enquiry Officer for details of claims.

Trucksess, Michael S
Promotions Co-ordinator.


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