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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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!
- 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.
- +447017601385 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "HERO HONDA AUTO MOBILE PROMO UNITED KINGDOM" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 05:00:10 +0530
Honda Yes Mobile Promo Award Program Honda (UK)
470 London Road Slough Berkshire SL3 8QY
We are delighted to congratulate you on your winning prize from Honda Yes Mobile Promo UK
International Award. This is a bonus to promote lotto in UK which is fully based on an Electronic
selection of winners using their Email Address from all over the world, No tickets were sold.
Congratulations once again your Email Address has Won 750,000.00 thousand Pounds in Honda Yes
To receive your fund, Fill the form below and forward Via Email claims-: email@example.com
1) FULL NAME.
3) CONTACT ADDRESS.
4) MOBILE NUMBER.
5) A COPY OF PASSPORT OR ANY IDENTIFICATION I.D PROOF.
7) AMOUNT WON.
8) ACCOUNT NUMBER
9) BANK NAME
10) CODE. 5Q2W9T1
Looking forward to hear from you.
Dr Paul Chance
Tel: +447-017-601 -385
VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER HONDA YES MOBILE PROMO UK