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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "honda car international promotion program" (no such lottery exists)
- "honda claiming security agency" (no such lottery exists)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "claims office" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "hundred thousand great british pounds" (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.
- +447024026867 (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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: HONDA COMPANY LONDON <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 06:20:48 +0000
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?YOUR_E-MAI?= =?iso-8859-1?Q?L_HAS_WON_?=
754 MAIN ROAD, BIGGIN HILL,
HONDA FR V 2009
We are pleased to inform you of the release of the long awaited results of the
HONDA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAMME held on 17th August, 2009. You
were entered as dependent clients with Reference Serial Number: K44CBL475 and
Batch number:HDC-451-5754-14BL.Your email address attached to the Ticket
Number: 01225498775436 that drew the Lucky Winning Numbers (1-5-6-8-7-4-5-2)
which consequently won the Lottery in the 2nd category, in four parts.
You have been approved for a payment of £1.500 000.00 ( One Million Five
Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling ) in cash credited to file
Reference Number: HDCA/4155247787001-A.This is from a total cash prize of Five
Million Euros shared among all our International Winners in all categories.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
50,000 (Fifty thousand) names of email users around the world, as part of our
international promotion program. Due to mixed up of some names and addresses,
we ask that you keep this award personal, till your claims has been processed
and your funds remitted to you. This is a part of our security measures to
avoid double claiming or unwarranted participants or imposter's, taking
advantage of the situation. You are to contact your/our-accredited agent for
your claim now.
NOTE: YOU ARE ADVISED TO KEEP THIS SECRET FROM THE PUBLIC TO PREVENT DRAGGING
AND DOUBLE CLAIMING OF YOUR PRIZE FOR SECURITY REASONS.
NOTE: all correspondence must be sent to our claims officer, Rev Frank
Jackson, fill the below information and send to Rev Frank Jackson for the
immediate claims of your awarded prize:
1) Your full name:
2) Your full address:
6) Mobile number:
7) Serial Number:
8) Batch number:
Rev Frank Jackson
HONDA CLAIMING SECURITY AGENCY.
Honda Award Notification Officer.
C.E.O HONDA AWARD OFFICE.