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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million pounds" (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)
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "headquater" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "CADILLAC MOTORS" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2011 06:57:08 -0300
Subject: Confirmation (CODE11)
CADILLAC MOTORS WORLDWIDE LTD.
CADILLAC Programs & Events Centre
P.O. Box 850
We are officially announcing to you the result of CADILLAC Email
Lottery Promotion held on the 7th March 2011 as part of our
programs to Launch our new CADILLAC EU Headquaters which was officialy
commisioned 30th of January 2011 in Manchester United Kingdom.
Your email was attached to ticket number CAD-M010331-M10-UK with
draw number M4G4-010 which consequently won you in the 2nd category
prize,your email address was extracted through our electronic email extraction
system which randomly selected Five (5) Lucky Winners of which your email
address was among one of the lucky winner.You have therefore been approved
for a payout of a total sum 850,000 GBP (EIGHT HUNDRED & FIFTY
THOUSAND POUNDS )
We also advise that you keep your winning information very
confidential as our security policy demands to avoid double
claims/impersonation and unwarranted abuse of the use of this
program by some individuals. The selection process was carried
out through our computerized Email Selection System (ESS) which
selects email from a database of over 500,000 email address drawn
from all over the continents of the World. This promotions being
the first of its kind will now take place annually and we hope you
will also take part in our next year One Million Pounds Sterling
International Lottery Game.
To file your claim, you are to contact our Customer Service Unit authorized
to conduct the necessary Verification to enable you receive your Cash Prize
(You will receive more email upon acknowledgement of this email).
Customer Service Unit
CONTRACTED AGENCY: Richard M Weeks ASSOCIATE LAW FIRM
Mr. Richard M Weeks
109 Eddie Walters Crescent
M16 9FG Manchester,UK
You are to call or email the assigned agent whose information is above
and comfirm from him when and how you are going to receive your prize
money, you are to provide to your agents the below under listed information
as soon as possible:
1. NAME IN FULL:
2. ADDRESS (IN FULL):
6. OCCUPATION (POSITION HELD):
7. HOME PHONE & MOBILE NUMBER:
This program is promoted and sponsored by Frontline group,Emirates Airline and
CADILLAC Worldwide; we intend to use this medium to help individuals
which would encourage them to expand their business frontiers thereby
opportunities and assisting with humanitarian Concerns within their
immediate environment. All
winning must be claimed not later than one Week of Acknowledgment.
After this date all unclaimed
funds will be returned to CADILLAC Motors Treasury as Unclaimed.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as
soon as possible. Congratulations again from all our staff.
N.B: Anybody under the age of 16 is not eligible to participate in
Yours in service,
Ms Saloona Young
(Programs & Events).
Material Copyright © 2011 The CADILLAC Co. Ltd.
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