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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.
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "e.a.a.s " (no such lottery exists)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "cheque " (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- 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!
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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)
- esq e.a.a.s inc. asian fiduciary agent e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail: email@example.com tel: +62 (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: alireza talim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2010 22:57:56 -0700 (PDT)
I have received this email, last week.
if it is possible, please let me know it's real or just a scam?
i will be grateful of your reply.
The International Awareness
Promotion Department Of
E.A.A.S Lottery Headquarters,
Euro-Afro Asia Sweepstake lottery
22 Gaden close,Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP,War Wall London
Reference Number: E.A.A.S/2551256003/23
Phone number +4470--31858764
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$250,000.00 ( (Two
hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in Cheque.
All participants in this lottery program were selected randomly through a
computer ballot system, drawn from 85.000.000 individual email addresses from
all search engines.Your e-mail address was picked by the automated computer
ballot system, which has been programed for this random selection. This has
eventually qualified you for the Winning.This promotional program takes place
annually, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities, Sultan of
Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc.With the support of European corporate
companies and organizations to encourage the use of Internet and computers
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Asian
representative's booklet in JAKARTA INDONESIA as indicated in your batch number:
FA1305U-ID. In view of this, your US$250,000.00 Cheque would be released to you
by Our Asian Fiduciary Agent, Our Asian Fiduciary Agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your Cheque as soon as you
contact Barrister Mohammed Yasin's office in Jakarta Indonesia.
Please contact BARRISTER MOHAMMED YASIN in Jakarta Indonesia for your claim with
the following details below to enable the speedy evaluation and processing of
1 Name. 2 Home address. 3 Telephone number. 4 Age and occupation. 5 Ticket
number. 6 Serial number. 7 Batch number. 8 Reference number.
BARRISTER MOHAMMED YASIN ESQ
E.A.A.S Inc. ASIAN FIDUCIARY AGENT
E-mail: email@example.com or
Tel: +62 219500-6563
For security purposes and clarity we advice that you keep your winning
informations confidential, and not to be disclosed to anyone until your claim
have been fully processed and your winning Cheque delivered to you. BE WARNED!
Your winning details can only be released to your fiduciary agent who will
commence the process of your winning, This is to avoid wrong and double claim,
it is also part of our security protocol to avoid unwarranted abuse of this
program by some unscrupulous element.You are requested to contact Our Asian
Fiduciary Agent in Jakarta Indonesia for your claim.Please note that all
winnings must be claimed not later than one month after the date of this winning
notification.In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications make sure
that your winning details are quoted correctly in all correspondence.
We advice that you adhere strictly to these procedures to avoid
disqualifications and subsequent cancellation.The above detailed information
will be absolutely necessary to facilitate the process of your winning
Cheque.Once again! please Note that this winning is valid for one month and
failure to issue claims after this period, your cheque will be automatically
Mrs Olivia Smith,
Lottery Zonal co-ordinator