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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: "The QATAR FOUNDATION" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 20:32:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Good News!!!
The QATAR FOUNDATION
61 Qatar Convention Center Doha Qatar.
Ref NO: ESQA 9590 OG 0612
Batch NO: 563881545-QA/06/07/IPD
The Qatar Foundation
Mail: P.O. Box 5825 Doha
GRANT AID NOTIFICATION
The Qatar Foundation would like to inform you that you have been chosen by
the board of directors as one of the final recipients of a cash
Grant/Donation for your own personal, educational, and business
development in order to reduce the poverty rate in your Community. The
Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by His Highness the Amir Sheikh
Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.is the organizationâs chairperson and driving
To celebrate the new year 35th anniversary program, Qatar Foundation is
giving out a yearly donation of 350,000.00 (THree Hundred And Fifty
Thousand Great Britain Pounds) to 10 lucky recipients by which At least
15% of the awarded funds should be used by you to develop schools,
hospitals and local communities. This is a yearly program which is a
measure of universal development strategy. You are to contact Yousef
Hussain Kamal, Treasurer(email@example.com) with your PIN Number
(QF.101) in order to redeem your Grant with the below information.FULL
NAMES, ADDRESS, STATE, COUNTRY, SEX, AGE,OCCUPATION,QUALIFICATION
On behalf of the inventor of this great foundation Professor Dr. Mohammad
Fathy Saoud and we the Board of directors of the Qatar Foundation kindly
accept our warmest congratulations as you proceed with your project of
changes.Dr Mohammad Fathy Saoud, President of Qatar FoundationÂ·
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