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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:
- "claims agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "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)
- 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.
- +447010926279 (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:
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:12:50 +0530
Subject: TICKET NUMBER (8ZYPK2013)
TICKET NUMBER (8ZYPK2013)
BALLOT NUMBER (UK: 71320013/13
The Coca Cola Company Plc Official Prize Award Winner Notification.
Dear Guaranteed Award Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of concluded final draws held on the 15th November, 2013 by Coca-Cola in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion, your email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won (500, 000, 00GBP) each on the COCA COLA COMPANY PROMOTION UK. However the results were released on the (15th November 2013) and your email was attached to TICKET NUMBER (8ZYPK2013)and BALLOT NUMBER (UK: 71320013/13. The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of (29,031) E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from data base of the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. This Lottery is approved by the British Gambling Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gambling Regulators (IAGR).This is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensit
In ORDER to claim your winning prizes, You are required to fill the form below and send it to the Promotion manager of THE COCA COLA COMPANY UK for verification and then you will be directed on how to claim your wining amount of (500, 000, 00GBP) Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds.
Please you are advised to fill the form below and send it immediately to the claim manager for verification through email below for prompt collection of your winning fund.
Claim manager Name Dr. J.T Walter
Fill Out This Form (Verification Form) Particulars attached
2.Your Full Address:
3.Your Date of Birth:
5.Your Country of resident:
6.Your Current City:
10.Winning Email Address:
11.Your Mobile Number:
12. Scan copy of your ID card or Driving License/Photo:
14. Your Ballot Number:
15. Your Ticket Number:
Congratulations once again from the entire staff of the COCA-COLA PROMO TEAM ENGLAND.
Best Regards to you.
Dr. J.T Walter
Tel: Phone Number: +44701-0926-279
Congratulation from the Coca Cola lottery board.
>From The Coca Cola Promotion Company Plc England UK.
Kindly Contact Your Claims Agent Dr. J.T Walter
Claim Your (500, 000, 00GBP) Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds Now.
NOTE: If you are not the rightful owner of this E-mail Address
Please don't reply to this message, for any double claim will lead to
Disqualification of this Award. Be Warned!!!