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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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!
Fraud email example:
From: "UK Lottery Organisation" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 17:04:27 -0800
Subject: Your Email Address Has Won You $4.6M
Uklott.firstname.lastname@example.org Uk Lottery Org
Uklott.email@example.com Uk Lottery Org
Uklott.firstname.lastname@example.org Uk Lottery Org
Uklott.email@example.com Uk Lottery Org
Uklott.firstname.lastname@example.org Uk Lottery Org
Uklott.email@example.com Uk Lottery Org
UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION
TICKET FREE/ONLINE E-MAIL ADDRESS WINNINGS DEPARTMENT.
Are you the correct owner of this email address? If yes then be glad this day as the result of the UK lotto, online and e-mail address free-ticket draws of December 1st 2009 held in Beijing -China has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email address came out in the first category and entitles you to claim the sum of US$4.6 Million.
Your email address was entered for the online draw on this free ticket number: 9DHHDF09373 and won on this Lucky number: UKLO647UZGDJ2. You are to contact Mr.Fred Newman on the below email address for options on how to receive your won prize of US$4,600,000. To enable Mr.Fred Newman ascertain you as the rightful winner and receiver of the US$4,600,000.00, MAKE SURE you include the below listed information in your contact mail to him.
Your complete official names, country of origin and country of residence/work, contact telephone and mobile numbers, address, amount won(US$4,600,000), free ticket number(9DHHDF09373), lucky number (UKLO647UZGDJ2), date of draw (December 1st 2009), Sex, Age, Occupation and job title.
Are you thinking of how you won the US$4,600,000.00 without entering or purchasing the lottery ticket?
Know now that this very draw of the UK Lottery Organization in which you have emerged as a winner was a free ticket, online and email address draws where thousands of email addresses was collected from almost all world wide websites and used for the online draws/sweepstakes and during winners selection your email address came out among the first ten which won you the lottery in the first winnings category and entitles you to claim the sum of Four Million, Six hundred thousand USA Dollars.
Online Winning Notification Department