fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "email@example.com" (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!
Fraud email example:
From: =?iso-8859-1?b?Q0hFVlJPTq4=?= OIL <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2010 08:45:07 +0000
Subject: CHEVRON OIL/PETROLEUM 2010
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Seven Hundred
United States Dollars,($700,000.00) for this year 2010 Lottery promotion which
is organized by CHEVRON OIL/PETROLUEM 2010.
CHEVRON OIL/PETROLEUM 2010 collects emails addresses on the Internet and your
email address emerge as one of the winners.This was done through computerized
electronic balloting System. We congratulate you for being one of the people
selected.These are your identification numbers:
Batch Number.................... CT 091026XN
Ref Number.................. CT 095447XN
Winning Number............... CT 097886XN
KINDLY PROVIDE TO US THE FOLLOWING:
1. Full name:.............
2. Contact Address: ............
4. Telephone Number:............
5. Sex: ....... ..
6. Occupation: ............
These numbers fall within your Location file, you are requested to contact the
events manager/Claims Department, send your winning identification numbers to
him,to enable him verify your winnings.
Email us on : email@example.com
Mr Morgan Friday
CHEVRON® OIL PETROLUEM 2010
© 2010 Online Award Promotion Edition
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