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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:
- "million 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)
- 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: "Lottery Canada" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:30:05 +0800
Subject: YOUR WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
Coca Cola/ Lottery Canada 2012 Olympic Promotional Draw
Toronto Prize Centre
20 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 2C2 http://www.lotterycanada.com/ontario-49
ATTENTION: WINNER GB68847 75604545 11
BATCH NO: 'ONTARIO 49'
Following the successful bid and approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of London City as the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics games, Coca Cola as the major sponsor of the summer games (in collaboration with the London 2012 Local Organizing Committee (LOC)) floated this promotional lottery draw with Lottery Canada for the promotion of the upcoming games.
In the light of the above, we happily announce to you the draw of the Special Global 2012 Olympics Promotional Draw held on Saturday. November 5th 2011 draw here in the in Ontario, Canada. Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number: GB68847 75604545 11, with Serial Number
74939487 drew the winning numbers 14 16 23 24 27 39 with a bonus Number 43 for ''ONTARIO 49' Lotto. under the category of the 'Twice a Week 6'. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars) in cash credited to email ticket no.GB68847 75604545 11 .This is part of cash prizes of over US$110M donated by Coca Cola , shared amongst over 80 lucky winners in different categories worldwide. Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls within our European representative office-The Coca Cola/ Lottery Canada 2012 Olympic Promotional Draw Pay out office, 2 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE, United Kingdom)
In view of this, your winnings of $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars) would be released to you by our program's accredited agency. Our London 'Pay out Officer' will immediately process the release of your funds as soon as you reply this email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our Pay out Agency will subsequently enter your name in a draw which will see 500 participants traveling on an all expense paid trip to London City for the Olympic Games in 2012.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and personal e-mails. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
To file for your claim, please contact our Pay out /claims agency in London with the following details below, immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information is as follows: email: (all responses/inquiries must be directed to this email) email@example.com.
1) Full Name:
2) Residential Address:
3) Ticket Numbers:
4) Batch Number:
5) Serial Number:
6) Winning Number with a bonus:
7) Draw Date:
8) Mobile Numbers:
9) Fax Numbers:
10) Email Address:
11) Country of origin:
Ms. Emily Cromwell
Head Office Helpline: Phone: +1 813-398-4777
NOTE To confirm that you have the winning numbers for Sat.5th November 2011 draw, visit our website: http://www.justlottery.com/all-results/UK-Lotto.html for confirmation!
This London 2012 Olympic Games Promotional Draw is proudly sponsored by the local Organizing Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games, Lottery Canada-'Ontario 49', for the purpose of promotion of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Lottery Canada 2011