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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:
- "you are advice to " (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.
- +448719151684 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Daniel Morrison" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 02:45:58 +0530
Subject: COCA COLA 2011 AWARD NOTIFICATION !!!
COCA COLA 2011 AWARD NOTIFICATION !!!
THE COCA COLA COMPANY PRO MOTION/PRIZE AWARD
DEPT COCA COLA AVENUE STAMFORD BRIDGE LONDON.
SW1V 3DW UNITED KINGDOM
THE COCA COLA COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION
We are happy to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held on the (1st of October 2011 ) by Coca-Cola Bottling Company in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion, your email was among the 10 Lucky winners who won £750,000.00 G.B.P each on THE COCA COLA COMPANY PROMOTION.
However,the announcement made today, 2011 and your email was attached to ticket number (7PWYZ2010) and ballot number (B.T:12052010/20) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-m ail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.
However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
The selection process was Carri ed out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 10 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.
This Promo is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (I.A.G.R).This Promo is the 4rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.< /span>
In other to claim your £750,000.00 G.B.P prize winning, which has been deposited with a registered UK bank. However, you will have to fill the form below and send it to the Promotion manager of THE COCA COLA COMPANY for verification and then you will be directed to the UK bank where a Cash of £75 0,000.00 G.B.P has already been deposited in your favor
Please you are advice to complete the form and send it immediately to our Promotion manager through email for prompt collection of your fund from the designated.
1, Names in full:...............................
2, Country of Residence:.................
3, Nationality :... ..................................
4, Residential Address:....................
5, Date of Birth/Age:........................
6, Marital Status/Sex:.......................
7, Telephone /Fax No:........................
8, Mobile No:.......................................
(CONTACT PROMOTION MANAGER)
Mr Daniel Morrison ,
You are to keep all your winning information away from the general public especially your ticket number and ballot number. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).
*Staff of Coca-Cola and the British American Tobacco Company are not to partake in this Promotion.
Accept our hearty congratulations once again!!
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Mr Daniel Morrison