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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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)
- "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 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 (Yahoo, United Kingdom; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Boriss Kurovs" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 13:32:37 +0300
Subject: Congratulation Your Email-id has Won!!! Reply to us Via: ( email@example.com )
Congratulation Your Email-id has Won!!! Reply to us Via: ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Dave Dawes Charity Donation!!!
Your Winning Batch No: HTMC/LTY/2901
Your Winning Reference No: BALS/029/2012
Date: 18 of August 2012
OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION.
We are pleased to inform you that the release of the long awaited results of Dave Dawes Charity Donation is out!!!
Hello Dear Email User!!!
This is a personal email directed to you!!!.
I am Dave Dawes, My fiance and I won a Jackpot Lottery of £101 million pounds ($156 million), and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of £500,000.00GBP to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lot of 15-20 unknown lucky individuals all over the world plus 15 close friends and family. If you have received this email then you are one of our lucky recipients and all you have to do is acknowledge the content of this email so that we can proceed.
You can verify this by visiting the web pages below.
Please for us to see and read your mail, reply to Dave Dawe through this Email: (email@example.com)
Congratulations Once Again!!
Mrs. Anita lee Anderson/ Mr. Borris Rosov,
ON BEHALF OF DAVE DAWES CHARITY DONATION.