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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "claims agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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 free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Ali Aron Bacher" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:11:02 +0000
Subject: Ref Number: ICCL/09-005/XX
INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL
Sudbury Suffolk CO10 2PG
UNITED KINGDOM-LONDON [BR
We are pleased to inform you that you have emerged as one of the winners i=
n the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2013 Promotional Award. Your email add=
ress was selected by our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) from an =
exclusive list of 800,000 e-mail addresses of individuals from South Africa=
, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ind=
ia. No tickets were sold. Your email address is identified with Batch Numbe=
r: P1/56/2670 and Number: PL 3917/182-09 in Category =201CB=201D and your c=
laims portfolio is filled with Ref Number: ICCL/09-005/XX. You are therefor=
e confirmed eligible to receive a cash prize of 500,000.00,GBP (Five Hundre=
d Thousand Great British Pound) out of the total payout.
Your prize award has been insured under a certified international Bank Dra=
ft, and will be given to you after meeting the claims requirements, Statuto=
ry obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To file=
for the processing of your prize sum payment, you are advised to contact o=
ur Certified and Accredited claims agent for category =201CB=201D winners w=
ith the information below:
FOREIGN CLAIMS MANAGER
MR. DAVID RICHARDSON .
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ( ICC )
Endeavor to provide her with the following information in your contact wit=
Do you like cricket game?....
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 7 working days, thereaft=
er unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote y=
our reference information in all correspondence. You are to keep all lotto =
information confidential, especially your reference and ticket numbers.
This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained. Memb=
ers of staff of affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to partici=
pate in this program. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do=
inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members and staff, thank you for being =
part of our promotional program.
Contact Events Manager
Mr Ali Aron Bacher
Promo Manager icc.
All winning prize funds are being covered by a policy which can not be tam=
per with. In view of this all prize fund is assured protected and can not b=
e touched until it gets to it's winner beneficiary. This is our order and p=
rotocol to avoid misappropriations of winners funds and unwarranted abuse o=
f this programme. For security measures, you are advised to keep your winni=
ng announcement confidential until your claim is processed and your prize r=
emitted to you. All prize fund are expected to be claim immediately and not=
more than 15 days to the date of notification. Any prize not claim between=
this days will be returned to ICC CRICKET HEAD OFFICE U.K.