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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.
- 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: "iPAD 2 PROMOTION"<email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 02.05.03 +0100
Subject: Re : Your Email
IPAD 2 Tablet Micro Devices S.P.A.
Via Montefeltro, 9 Milano, MI 20156, Italy
Attention: Lucky Winner,
We congratulate you, being one of the lucky winners of the result of the New IPAD 2 Micro list Email Award held on the14th of November 2011. Your email address emerged as one of the 10 lucky winners selected electronically by our Electronic iPad Tablet Wheel.
The total sum of 2, 0000.00 (Two Million Euro) has been accredited to your email address file number, and one Ipad 2, Winners were selected randomly from our list of millions of email addresses around Europe, Asia, some parts of South America to promote computer literacy worldwide as well as to advertise our software and computer products.
This promotion was sponsored by a conglomerate of software and computer promotion companies like Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers Apple, Galaxy Samsung and other International software and computers manufacturing Companies. Your email address number in our file was chosen in the European Ipad network whereby your number came up as one of the lucky winners ; hence, your price money will be remitted to your choice account, in your country through CITI BANK ITALIA
Your winning details is as follows:
Batch No: 20IT1119
Email File No: IT20120
Coupon No: ITR29009
Amount Won: 2,0000,00 (Two Million Euro)
Contact CITI BANK ITALIA immediately for verification, processing and transferring of your price money to you in your country. Remember to
Forward them your winning details for confirmation.
Contact CITI-BANK with the below Contact info:
CONTACT PERSON .
JAN FRANCO LUCA
TEL: +39 327 182 1278
Address: Via Massaua, 420145 Milano.
CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is
intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain
information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from
unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the
intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or
copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this
message in error,please notify the sender by reply email and destroy
all copies of the original message.