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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 phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "claim agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "HONG KONG DISNEY" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 01:21:49 +0800
Subject: HONG KONG DISNEY LOTTERY 2010
HONG KONG DISNEY ONLINE LOTTERY
HONG KONG, CHINA
SPONSORS HK. DISNEY PARK AND CHINA CENTRAL TOURISM BUREAU
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the HK DISNEY ONLINE LOTTERY PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number, with serial number 902-66 drew the lucky numbers 5,12, 30, 11, 17, 43 and Bonus number 12 , Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/ 453L /G MSA and consequently you won in the B¡¯ Category of the DISNEY ONLINE LOTTERY
You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of $500,000.00USD (Five hundred thousand United States Dollars) in cash, amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$2,650,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.
Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of $500,000.00USD is now with the payee bank.
Contact our sole accredited agent and provide him with your details as listed below so that they will re-insure your winning fund under your full names.
To begin your claim, please call or email our claim agent immediately to certify you as the beneficiary.
Mr. MICHAEL LANZHOU
(Accredited promotional agent)
Asia central office
PENANG BUILDING #45D 23 FLOOR
EAST SIDE SHANGHAI URBAN AREA
For futher clearifications please call +86-13556147126
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your
(ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS)
1. FULL NAME:..................................
2. ADDRESS ....................................
(All provided informations are strictly confidential)
We advice beneficiary(s) to keep every information confidential
Lottery organizing committee
China zone, Asia pacific