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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:
- "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)
- 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.
- 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: "Mr. Nelson Smith" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 01:45:34 +0100
Subject: Attention email owner.
COCA-COLA COMPANY OF NIGERIA
Coca-cola / Acculotto Email Lottery Promo
P O Box 1012 Victoria Island
Are you the owner of this email address or do you have authorized access to it in the absence
of the owner? If yes! then you have every reason to rejoice as We inform you of the
announcement made today, You are among the 10 lucky winners of the ACCULOTTO INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTION PROGRAM that won $800,000.00.
There is an Email lottery approved by the World Gaming Board and also Licensed by the
International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).Your email is among the 10 lucky
winners, that won ($Eight hundred thousand United States Dollars) Each in the just concluded
draw held to promote coca-cola, sponsored by Acculotto.
For Prize Claiming, Contact our payment center here in Nigeria with the Information below:
Full Name: Mr. Nelson Smith
Valid Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone #: +2347065524806
You are required to detail him your information's below:
TICKET NUMBER: (7YZ2010)
BALLOT NUMBER: (BT120/B)
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
CHOOSE A MODE OF PAYMENT BELOW:
OPTION 1. would you come over to receive your funds?
OPTION 2. should it be issued and deliver to you in CHECK?
The Acculotto lottery has discovered a huge number of double claims due to winners informing
close friends, relatives and third parties about their winning and also sharing their Claim
numbers. As a result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real
winners. So you are hereby strongly advised to keep your winnings strictly confidential until
you claim your prize. Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the interactive Lotteries
Dr. Edward Frank
ACCULOTTO! 2010 Lottery Program
Copyright 2010 AccuLotto Series Program.
Congratulations once again.
COCA-COLA COMPANY OF NIGERIA