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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:
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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: NESTLE FOODS UK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:28:10 +0530
NESTLE FOODS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED
ADDRESS: St Georges House, Park Lane,
Croydon, Surrey CR9 1NR,
United Kingdom. =
Dear Nestle Foods Beneficiary 2013.
We the Nestle foods company united kingdom wish to congratulate you over yo=
ur email success in our computer balloting held on the 30th of November 201=
3.This is a Scientific Internet Game in which email addresses were used to =
select the lucky winner. It is a promotional program aimed to encouraging i=
nternet users; meaning, you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.
Your email account have been picked as one of the ten winning email addres=
s in this year=2019s Online Promo 2013.You are therefore been approved to c=
laim a total sum of =A3420.000.00 (Four Hundred Twenty Thousand Great Briti=
sh Pounds Sterling)
This promotion was sponsored by the Head Office of Nestle Foods Department=
in United Kingdom. However, this is to enable the consumers of Nestle food=
s to focus on our product.
Serial No: TI/8536
All beneficiaries were selected through a computer balloting system drawn =
from Nine hundred and twenty thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Austral=
ia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of=
our international promotional program which is conducted annually. This ac=
t was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of Nestle Foods United Kingd=
om multinational companies to promote the use of internet around the world.=
To claim your prize:
Nestle Foods Verification Officer.
Mr. Curtis Anderson
Please quote your reference, batch and winning numbers which as well your =
Full name, address and telephone number. 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 programmed by non=
-participant or unofficial personnel.
**Note, All winnings must be claimed within 30 days from this notification =
otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed.
Above all, ensure that as you contact our Nestle Foods Verification Officer=
via the above contact information with your personal details/Scan copy of =
International Passport for verification.
Your Full Names...........
Date OF Birth.........................
Scanned copy of International passport, Driver's license or National ID car=
** I............................. Hereby declare that the above informatio=
n is true and binding on me. If at any time it is discovered that I have gi=
ven false information, I will forfeit my rights to my winnings.
On behalf of the entire staff and management of Nestle Foods Plc, I say Con=
gratulations once again on your winnings!!!
Mrs. Sarah Peters.
Nestle Foods Online Promotion 2013.