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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:
- "claim agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- "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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "MEGA MILLIONS ONLINE SWEEPS TAKE." (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:49:05 +0800
Subject: Congratulations!!! You Have Won. Contact Your Claiming Agent.
MEGA MILLIONS ONLINE SWEEPS TAKE.
Congratulations!!! You Have Won. Contact Your Claiming Agent.
Dear Lucky winner we happily announce to you the result of the Mega
Millions Online Lottery draws held on Tuesday, NOVEMBER 04, 2014, in Hesperia CA. All
participants were selected randomly from the Mega Millions email database on the World
Wide Web,and with the aid of a computer draw personal e-mail address attached to ticket
number: B9564 7560 with serial number 46560 drew the winning numbers 25 45 51 53 73
Bonus 2. Therefore you have been approved to claim a sum of $5,000,000.00 (Five
Million United States Dollars) in cash credited to file EAAL / 9080118308 / 08.
To confirm your result you can visit http://www.lotteryusa.com/
To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding claim agent immediately you
read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund.
Contact information is as follows:
Here is the information needed for you to fill:
1. Full Name: .......
2. Full Address: .....
3. Marital Status: ....
4. Occupation: ......
5. Age: .....
6. Sex: .....
7. Nationality: .......
8. Tel.Number: ........
9. Country Residence: .........
*** Due to possible confusion of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep
this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your
money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program. ***
Congratulations once again from all members and staff of Mega Millions Online lottery
Mr. Kelvin Boon.
** Customer Service **
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