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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:
- 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:
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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!
Fraud email example:
From: "Automated Teller Machine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:00:54 -0400
Subject: Congratulations lucky winner!!!
REF: Congratulations lucky winner!!!
Your email address has been selected as one of the lucky winners in the
second batch of the on-going INTERNATIONAL ATM award promo proudly sponsored
and organized by AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE (ATM),Nigeria Branch. Therefore,
you have been awarded the sum of ($850.000.00) Eight Hundred And Fifty
Thousand united States Dollars
HOW DID YOU WIN?
Lucky winners do not have to purchase a ticket to participate in this lottery
program, all email was selected from the Canada, Australia, United States,
Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. This promotion was set-up to
encourage the active usage of the ATM CARD MACHINEÂ®. Hence we do believe that
with your winning prize, you will continue to be active and patronize to the
ATM CARD MACHINEÂ®.
Your ATM CARD (Containing won amount) will be delivered to you via our
associate courier company to your address there in your country. You are
hereby required to contact the ATM dispatch office with below details as soon
as you receive this notification and avoid any means of delay in delivering
your ATM CARD to you:
VERIFICATION FORM. (ASAP)
(1) Your Full Names:
(2) Your Tel/Mobile Number:
(3) Your Nationality:
(4) Current Country:
(5) Your contact Address:
ATM CARD DISPATCH UNIT (CLAIM DEPARTMENT)
Mr. Maxwell Ahmed
Mrs. Jane Philips
NOTE: To help us proceed with your claims you must keep away this information
from public (Third party) to avoid unwarranted abuse of the program and
unauthorized individuals claims.
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