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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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 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.
- +31657490841 (Netherlands, prepaid mobile phone)
- 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: "Mrs. Elizabeth Kuyper" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:25:16 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Dayzers Nederland Organizations
FROM: DAYZERS NEDERLAND ORGANIZATIONS:
DAYZERS NEDERLANDS: PALEISSTRAAT 5,2514ja,
THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS
OFFICE WEBSITE: www.dayzers.nl,
Result month of August, sweepstakes program:
Our Dear winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the DAYZERS STAKE INC
Lottery (international program) held on the 8th of August, 2009. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket #: 34090322816 online reference no,
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000.00
(One million euro) in cash credited to reference number:
AFA/7854545411/NT made available from a total cash prize of Seven
Million euro, shared amongst the first Seven (7) lucky winners in this
These are your winning informations:
TICKET NUMBER: DZNL 492 - 714 - 027 / 2006
LUCKY NUMBER: 09, 22, 36, 61, 63, 79, 84
BATCH NUMBER: DTOW 1396 62U7A
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from over 100, 000, 00 company and 50, 000, 00 individual email
addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program
is sponsored by Coca-Cola International Amsterdam, for prize claiming,
contact the dayzers claim department.
Tel: +31 657-490-841
Dayzers claims department
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20 days of this
Mrs. Elizabeth Kuyper.
Please. Reply to (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for the processing of your
Official Website: www.dayzers.nl,