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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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Hanke Van Tim" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:23:32 +0100
Subject: Congratulations!! Your E-mail Account Has Won!!!
Lucky Day Company NL.
2280 GB Rijswijk
We wishes to congratulate you over your success in the just concluded and official publication of results of the e-mail electronic online Sweepstakes Promotional Award program. We are pleased to inform you that your e-mail account has won 5,520,000:00euro (Five Million, Five Hundred & Twenty Thousand Euro Only) in the Lucky Day Lottery sweepstakes program, conducted Monday 17th October 2016, and the results were release today.
This Lottery is a free promotional program sponsored by consortium of software companies, which means Lottery tickets were not sold.
For more information's/procedure of your winning claim, you are advised to contact our processing department with the contact information below, provide them with your winning details below and your winning email address.
Tel: +31-20 893 4305
Fax: +31-20 708 3023
Your Winning Details.
Ref No: WELI/792-5/11
Batch No: 0039/5257IK.
NOTE: Please be warned, your winning and its entire information are to be kept strictly confidential, this is to avoid previous bad experience this program has suffered, such as abuse of this program by other internet user who use the name of this company for unscrupulous activities and double claiming of winning entitlement because of insecurity of winning information on the part of beneficiaries. Always call to ensure you are dealing with the right office.
Mr. Hanke Van Tim
Visit our website at: http://www.luckyday.nl Lotto is een onderdeel van De Lotto. Copyright(c) 2007 by De Lotto, the Netherlands.
The Free Lotto Awards is organized by consortium firm companies to encourage the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.