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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:
- "claims agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- ",000,000" (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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. LILLIAN GOLD" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:04:21 +0200
Subject: Acknowledge Mail.
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION
The office of the POST CODE lottery Holland award division is pleased to inform you that you have been announced the seventh lucky winner of
it. Your company or personal email address was selected and attached to the winning number seven (7) with batch
number:SSL-89705, Lotto number: NNL-65812 and Winning number: NNS-43668.
Therefore, you have been approved for lump sums payout of 1,000,000.00 Euros (ONE MILLION EUROS) in cash and have been credited to Ref Payment
This is from total prize money of 25 Million, Euros, shared among the Twenty Five (25) International lucky Winners all over the world by the
POST CODE lottery division with objectives to a global financial assistance to the lucky winners.
This prize was won through electronics e -mail selection, your e-mail id won the 7th position .
To claim your prize funds, you are to contact the Claims agent (Mr PATRICK ADAMS) of the Holland payment Division.
Below is our agents contact information
Contact Name: Mr PATRICK ADAMS
Contact Phone: +31685083128
You are required to forward your winning details via the above e-mail addresses. And your personal information to the above address for
verification, and further proceedings, with respect to the release of your won funds. Your personal information includes the following:
1) Full Name...............
4) Contact Phone No........
As soon as you contact the Claims agent, he will advise you on what to do in order to get your prize money.
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this winning information confidential from the public,until your claims documents are
processed and your prize released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participants or unofficial personnel
Mrs. LILLIAN GOLD
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