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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "toyota lottery" (no such lottery exists)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "claim agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 00:42:13 +0800
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC)
Room No.220 Beijing Fortune Building No.5,
Dong San Huan Bei Lu Chaoyang District,
Beijing, 100004, China
Customer Service Department
Dear Email Owner,
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of $750,000.00 United States Dollars Only for the email users this 2010 Prize promotion which is organized by TOYOTA ONLINE CYBER LOTTERY CHINA , We Collects all the email addresses of people worldwide, that are active online this 2010, among the millions that subscribed to MICROSOFT, HOTMAIL, YAHOO, GMAIL Companies domains and few from other e-mail providers, 12 people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners this year 2010.
Your email address has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of ($750,000.00 UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash with the following reference numbers
Ticket Number 889-026-1319 .
Serial Number 101-116
Lucky Numbers 009,789,176,
Bonus Number XQW55
INSURANCE Number is:WIF0030910
To begin your claim, Contact our claim department , please call and send mail to your claim agent(Mr Chen Lin) inorder to process your claims with our coperate payee bank:-
1.Your Full Names:
For futher clarification please call and send mail to your claim agent(Mr Chen Lin) inorder to process your claims with our coperate payee bank:-
Mr Chen Lin.
Toyota Lottey China Branch.
WARNING: Keep your winning information confidential until your claims are processed and your fund remitted to you in your bank account. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Congratulations once again,
We wish you the best of luck, Thank you for being part of our promotional award program and commemorative Anniversary.
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