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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:
- "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)
- "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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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!
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. David Dong" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 07:00:30 +0100
Subject: Congratulations!!!!You have won $800.000..00USD
HEINEKEN BOTTLING COMPANY
ZISHAN HAIZHU STREET
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Dear Lucky Winner,
We are delighted to inform you the result of the annual final draws of Heineken Annual Promo.
The online Heineken Annual Promo draws was conducted by a random selection of E-mail addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of
individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer (TOPAZ) search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all
E-mail addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
After this automated computer ballot, your E-mail address emerged as one of the Eight (8) lucky winners in the fourth category for the second prize with the
Ref Number: ASL/941OYI/02/SHYN
Batch Number: HGL-14/28/0046
Ticket Number: 025-11464992-750
You as well as and the other winners, are therefore to receive a cash prize of Eight Hundred thousand United States Dollars $800.000..00USD for the total
Your prize award has been insured with your E-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the requirements, statutory obligations,
verifications, validations and satisfactory report. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Asian representative office in GUANGZHOU,CHINA,as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$800,000.00 will be released to you from your regional branch office.
You are required to fill and Submit the below information to the Processing management via e-mail.
Date of birth..
Phone number.. ( code/number)......
E-mail that won....
Next of Kin:....
Your Reference and Batch number at the top of this E-mail: Please you are advised to complete the form and send it immediately to our Processing management
via e-mail for prompt collection of your fund.
Contact your claim agent: Mrs. Susan Long.
Your agent will submit your information to the authorized Paying Bank.
For security reasons, we advise all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to
you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial
All winnings MUST be claimed before the end of this programme; otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to the charity
Thank you and Accept our congratulations once again!
Mr. David Dong
HEINEKEN Games/Lottery Coordinator.
Heineken zishan haizhu
Silva guangzhou guangdong
2011 Copyright Heineken China C.N. All Rights Reserved .