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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "australian lottery" (can only win this lottery if you bought a ticket)
- "international lottery programme" (no such lottery exists)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "claims agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "claims office" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "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!
- 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.
- +447024060219 (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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY PROMOTION <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 01:47:38 +0800 (CST)
Subject: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS
Winning no: 1 2 26 30 40 21
FROM: THE PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT.
We are delighted to inform you of your prize released On the 27th July 2012 from the Australian International Lottery programme Which is fully based on an Electronic selection of winners using their mail Addresses from some sites.
Your email address was attached to ticket number; 675061725 9356460902, serial number 67749137002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 2-9-23-35-46 bonus number 14, which consequently won the lottery in the second category.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$800,000.00 (EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 46704/03 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Australia, Canada, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted at the start of every year. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by conglomerates of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have base.
Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our European representative office in Amsterdam, Holland, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$800,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in UNITED KINGDOM.
We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.5 Million International draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
Simply contact our Claims Agent at our Regional Claims office in the London Branch where your payment Falls with this email address firstname.lastname@example.org, and further him with the required information you see below, and also quote your Reference, Batch and Winning Numbers which can be found on the Top left corner of this notification.
1. First Name:
2. Middle Name:
3. Last Name:
7. Zip Code:
8. Mobile Phone Number:
9. Home Phone Number:
10. Fax Number:
Contact Person: Mr. Henry Clark
Mobile Number: +447024060219
For security reasons, we advice 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 programme by non-participant or
Note: All winnings must be claimed before 10th August, 2012 otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed to the Australian National Treasury.
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE
WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
MR. P KLINSMAN.
AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR
NOTE: PLEASE REPLY FAST TO THE EMAIL SHOWN ABOVE FOR FURTHER DIRECTIVES OF YOUR CLAIMS.
Australia lotto Inc is responsible for the contents of this award notification. Australia lotto Inc is a company registered in with company number 1378137 VAT number is AU584451913.