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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million pounds" (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)
- "hundred thousand great british pounds" (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)
- ",500,000" (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!
- 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.
- 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)
- plough place, london ec4a ide united kingdom e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org attn: dear lucky winner, this is to notify you that you (Mailbox; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES PROMOTIONAL DRAW" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:51:23 -0400
Subject: Attn: Dear Lucky Winner,
LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES PROMOTIONAL DRAW
>From The Desk of Mr. David Anderson
Address:1 Plough Place, London
EC4A IDE United Kingdom
Attn: Dear Lucky Winner,
This is to notify you that you are one of the lucky winners selected worldwide to receive sum of GBP£1,500,000.00 (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) for this month prize promotion which is organized Following the successful bid and approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of London City as the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics/Paralympics Games. UK Lottery in Collaboration with the London 2012 Local Organizing Committee (LOC)floated this promotional draw for the promotion of the upcoming games.
In the light of the above, we happily announce to you that draw of this Special Global 2012 Olympics Promotional Draw held on Saturday 28 July 2012 draw in London City, United Kingdom. The Lottery Draw was based on Random selection exercises of database of E-mail addresses on Internet websites worldwide and the Globe divided into Zones. No tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation, and your Email ID Credited to Ticket No:(UK/L/01076L).
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of GBP£1,500,000.00 (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) credited to file GERUKZA/851ENHI/2012. This is from a total cash prize of GBP£11,100,000.00 Million Pounds Sterling, shared amongest the first one Hundred and-Thirty (130) lucky winners in this category worldwide. Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls within our European Representative office in United Kingdom.
In view of this, your winnings of GBP£1,500,000.00 (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) would be released to you by our program accredited pay out officer (Agent). Our London Agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the released of your winning prize Money.
For Claims, you are to directly to contact our assigned Agent in our England Zonal Center via Below E-mail;
Contact Person: Frank Wilson
Keep your winning information confidential until you have received your winning prize to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. The deposited cash prize with Paying bank in London has been insured by the organizer before the funds will be transferred. Fill in your Online Application correcly in Bold letter and or email to us Immediately so that we can proceed with the required claim process.
BATCH NUMBER: UK/12/UK-94322, REFERENCE NUMBER: GE/06/UKOLMP, TICKET NUMBER:UK/L/01076L,PIN:59124, FULL NAME: ADDRESS: TELEPHONE: SEX: OCCUPATION: NATIONALITY AND DRIVER'S LIC.
As soon as your details are received it will enable the approval and insuance of your winning Certificate which the copy of it will be sent to you via Email.
Congratulation Once Again.
Mr. David Anderson