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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:
- ",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)
- 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.
- +447024047650 (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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: FROM FACEBOOK LOTTERY BOARD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: FROM FACEBOOK LOTTERY BOARD <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 01:42:47 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: FACE BOOK CONNECTING END OF YEAR PEOPLE PROMOTION 2011.
Congratulations We are pleased to inform you of the result of the END OF YEAR online promotion 2011conducted by face book Communications,your email was among the 30 Lucky winners who won £2,000,000 GBP(TOW MILLION Great British Pounds).each on the FACE BOOK CONNECTING END OF YEAR PEOPLE PROMOTION 2011.
You were entered as an independent candidate and your EMAIL was attached to Verification Number (IU487934UFD) and Batch Number (12/25/0034) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of EMAIL ADDRESS from an exclusive list of 100,000,000 E-mail addresses of individuals and EMAIL users picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.However, no tickets were sold but all Emails were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized EMAILS machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 100,000, EMAILS drawn from all the continents of the world. This Lottery is approved by the FACE BOOK Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This lottery is the 1st of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. In order to claim your £2,000,000 GBP (TWO MILLION Great Britain Pound.
Sterling) prize winning, which has been deposited in a designated . YORK SHIER ONLINE BANK TRANSFER However, You will have to send your wining information to the bank for your claims information below to contact the paying bank.
information for your claims FOR CONFIRMATION YOU ARE TO SEND YOUR EMAILS ID BELOW FOR VERIFICATIONS
3 MOBILE NUMBER
8 YOUR AGE
9 YOUR Verification number
10 Batch Number
You are to keep all FACE BOOK lottery information away from the general public especially your Verification Number and Batch Number. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained) NOTICE: Verification claims with error or any misinformation as We are indeed to let you know that your claims is no more than tow weeks or 17 working days ones more congratulations
The Face book Team.
CONTACT THE BANK FOR YOUR CLAIMS WITH THE INFORMATION BELOW WITH ANY DELAY
YORKSHIRE BANK OF LONDON ONLINE TRANSFER
NAME OF REMITTANCE DIRECTOR DR MARKSON YOUNG
TELL : +447024047650
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org