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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 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.
- +447024074988 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 14:15:50 +0800
Subject: Confirm Your Email Address Immediately
24 wilford park, London. United Kingdom
Mobile Phone: 0044-713950075619
...Tannet-Group COMPANY 2009 E-MAIL AWARDS...
We the Tannet-Group board of directors like to officially
congratulate you for the draw that was just held by our company which
featured you as the second place winner.Our company holds promotions
each year,based on the random selection exercise of internet service
providers (ISP) and millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide. This
promotion is just one of various ways we are presently using to achieve
this global vision of ours. Your email address with
MICROS ID ( GUI-57010-JHN-624TM-2XL ) was luckily drawn to be this
year's second place winner of a Brand New 2009 Cadillac Escalade and a cash
prize of $570,000 United States Dollars.This money and gift we believe
will enable you make some impact in the society and possibly invest in
our company in the near future.
Prizes won : 2009 Cadillac Escalade and The Sum Of $570,000USD cash
Your Micros ID is : GUI-57010-JHN-624TM-2XL
Contact company Agent Mr.Edward de Bono also responsible for your claims
who is our claims official in Europe..United Kingdom and can understand
your english and some european languages.
CONTACT HIM WITH YOUR DETAILS, FILL DETAILs BELOW;
Your Full Name :
Phone number :
Micros ID :
Name: Mr.Edward de Bono
Email : email@example.com
Address: 24 wilford park, London. United Kingdom
Note: All funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries, not
later that 7 days after notification.And should send contact Mr.Edward de Bono
with their properly filled form with this e-mail