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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: "F.Manila" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:48:08 +0100
Dear Lucky Winner,
We congratulate you for emerging the winner of this year Coca Cola Summer Festival Promo, which was recently held in Roma, Italy. All winners were selected through a computerize ballot system and your email was among the 5Lucky winners that were selected with a prize of Ð250,000.00(Two Hundred and FiftyThousand Euros),which will be paid to you from our regional office in Italy.
You are advised to contact immediately the claims and disbursement manager with this below details and this verification code (COCA/1221579RM/IT2014), which you must not disclose to anyone, as cases of double claims will be nullified.
Please contact as a matter of urgency the claims/disbursement manager with your full details to this email address.
2 Address:.. .............
4. Mobile No/Code:....
PLEASE: YOU ARE TO FORWARD YOUR COMPLETE DETAILS TO US FOR EASY PAYMENT.
Mr. MARIO DAVIES
The information in this email is confidential and intended solely for the recipient, and is legally protected.
The use of this information by anyone other than the recipient is prohibited. Disclosure, Copying, Distribution of this information to third parties is not allowed.
Coca-cola is not liable for the improper and incomplete transmission of the contents of a sent email or for any delay in its receipt.
This footnote also indicates that the contents of this email have been scanned by a current virus/scam scanner for the presence of computer virus/scam
Questa e-mail Ã¨ stata controllata per individuare virus con Avast antivirus.