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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- 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: "AL" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 05:34:16 +0800
Subject: - WE CAN HAVE IT FOR INVESTMENT -.,
I wish to seek your acceptance and cooperation so that the total sum of GBPS 10,000,000.0 can be paid
to you by the Euro Mega Millions Promotions for our mutual benefit. The said amount is an unclaimed lottery
prize;the wining prize result was published over four month ago and since then, the winner of the prize has
failed to come with the winning lottery ticket to claim his or her winning prize.
You can check the below Lottery Post link to see and understand what I am talking about:
The reasons why some winners fail to claim their prizes may be one or all of the below:
1. The winner may have accidentally thrown away the tickets and lost track of the winning ticket
number and other vital information as regards the lucky win.
2. Some winners do not check their tickets properly.
3 The winner may not be aware of the victory .
4. The Euro Mega Millions Promotions does not advice winners of their winning via email
notification that is why some may not be aware that they won in the draws. Also, notification of
winning via email is fraud attempt because you cannot win any prize without buying a lottery
ticket and playing the lottery and winners do not pay any fee before prize is given to them by the
Euro Mega Millions Promotions.
5 Due to high rate of internet lottery scam, the winner may have been discouraged by friends or
relatives against claiming the prize because they think it may be a scam. But fail to realize that the prize is real as you can see in the
LOTTERY POST NEWS LINK above. Fraudulent lottery informs
you in an unsolicited email that your email address has won some huge amount of money.
The simple fact is that, you cannot win a lottery prize when you did not buy a lottery ticket and
partake or play the lottery as no lottery company is a charity organization that gives out money on a platter of gold.
All you need to do is to cooperation with me honestly and confidentially. This project is 100% risk free because it will be executed under
a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as I have mapped out all plans to ensure we claim this funds
without any trace in the future.
If you are interested provide with below information:
(1) Name =
(2) Address =
(3) Country =
(4) Age =
(5) Occupation =
(6) Do you have registered charity organization =
(7) Have you ever visited UK =
(8) Phone/Fax. =