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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:
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "million united state 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)
- ",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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "u.k " (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.
- +447010050612 (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: "FREELOTTO INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:12:39 -0000
Subject: Your E-mail Address Has WON FREELOTTO Jackpot...Congratulations.
FROM: GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED
FREELOTTO AFFILIATED OFFICE U.K,
82 VICTORIA STREET VICTORIA LONDON SW1 U.K
NOTIFICATION OF WINNING
We are pleased to inform you of the release of the recent results of the FREELOTTO INTERNATIONAL EMAIL PROMOTION PROGRAM held on the 9th of March,2012. You were entered as dependent clients with: Reference Serial Number:F2-003-036 and Batch number FR/45-300-07. Your email address attached to the ticket number: 54-20-17-52-34-30 that draw the lucky winning number,which consequently won the Daily new year Jackpot in the first category,in four parts.You have been approved for a payment of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars) in cash credited to file reference number: TFR/9900034943/JPT.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations and co-operate bodies that are listed online.This email promotion takes place every month. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars) would be released to you by our payment office in United Kingdom.Our Fiduciary agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program,Please be warned.click on the website link below to view the photo page of some of our recent lucky winners. http://www.freelotto.com/ThisWeeksWinners.asp FreeLotto Winning Draw Results for 2nd of March,2012.
$100,000.00 : 2-27-22-47-16-21
Monthly Jackpot $2,000,000.00: 54-20-17-52-34-30
Super Bucks $10,000,000.00 : 37-2-48-41-46- 25-43
To file for your claim, please contact your fiduciary agent immediately
via the email below: Mr. Williams Ford
(Freelotto Fiduciary Department)
82 Victoria Street
Victoria London SW1 U.K
Provide him with these following details with which he will begin the
processing of your winnings:
1.Name in full:
The freelotto internet draw is held every month and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computer worldwide. We are proud to say that over 400 millions U.S Dollars are won annually in more than 118 countries Worldwide.
Warning!!!: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using Free Lotto addresses, but are not from The Free Lotto. PLEASE REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO:email@example.com
Once again congratulations.
Kevin J. Aronin
Chairman & CEO Copyright © 1995-2011
The FREELOTTO National Lottery Inc. All rights
reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
N:B: You are advised to keep your winning strictly confidential until
your winning is processed and received by you. This is to avoid double
claiming which could lead to disqualification.