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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!
- 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 (Yahoo, Australia; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- street, sydney, nsw 2000 australia email@example.com tel.6187871001322 fax.6187871001323 and keep all your (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: david bell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:16:57 +0000
Subject: AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY INC
Notice is hereby given to by the Ministry of Australian Government to
credit all winners account after, complaint of several unsuccessful
attempts to complete the release of your winning funds .
We also discovered your fund release processing was blocked due to
some irregularities found by the processing agents,how ever in
conformity with our practice of transparency, the International
Banking Federation is collaboration with Australian Government
Authority has approved Baroda Bank to handle crediting of all
legitimate winners bank account within 4working Banking days.
You therefore required to forward the following information's and to
the Baroda Bank Australia office for immediate processing of your
funds and subsequently crediting of your local account within the
1) Full Name;
2) Full Address;
3) Your contact telephone and fax number;
4) Your Age and Profession;
5) Copy of any valid form of your Identification;
6) Your Bank name;
7) Your Bank Address;
8) Account name and Number;
8) ABA/Routing Number;
10) Swift or Sort Code/IBAN
From henceforth all communication regarding to the release of your
funds should be directed strictly and handled as approved by the host
country Australia . It is mandatory you to contact the Baroda bank
on the following contact details.
Level 7,265 Castlereagh Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000
And keep all your communication with the Australian accredited paying
institution Baroda bank confidential until you confirm the arrival of
your funds into your local bank account .
INTERNATIONAL BANKING FEDERATION