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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Coca Cola Promos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2010 01:00:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Coca Cola.Promo
Open The Attached File from coca-Cola Promos.
Your's in service,
Dr.(Mrs.) Pam Atkinson A. U.
PRIZE REDEMPTION CENTER - STAMFORD BRIDGE LONDON. SW1V 3DW UNITED KINGDOM
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Seven hundred and
Twenty thousand Great Britain Pounds Only [GB£720,000.00] for the 2010 International E-mail Draw which is Organized by Coca-Cola Company Globaly. Coca-Cola Company collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo, Aol, Walla, Gmail, American Mail, Russian Mail, Indian Mail, Arabic Mail, Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers.
Twenty Five people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.
PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. Coca-Cola Award must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any Prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.
Stated below is your identification number:
REFERENCE NUMBER: CCC-4181599
This numbers fall within the United Kingdom Location File [ALF], you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in United Kingdom [Mr.Morris Ackerman .Esq] with the details below and send your winning identification numbers to him;
Agent Contact Info:
Mr. Morris Ackerman .Esq.
Tel: +44 702 407 5948
Fax:+44 871 315 0177
For your claim provide the under listed information as soon as Possible:
1A. Full name............................... .(B) Country..................................
(C). Contact Address..................... (D). Telephone /Fax Number.................
(E). Occupation............................. (F). Date of birth......................
(G). Sex................................. (H). Alternative email address
He shall immediately commence the process that will facilitate the release of your fund to you.
Congratulations!! once again.
Yours in service,
Dr. (Mrs.) Pam Atkinson A. U.
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION. The information contained in this communication is intended for the sole use of the named addresses/recipients to whom it is addressed, in their conduct of official business of the Coca-Cola Governing Board. This communication may contain information that is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act