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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:
- "fiduciary 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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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: "International Cricket Council" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:23:09 -0000
Subject: International Cricket Council Award Promotion
Desk of the Secretary.
Award promotions dept.
International Cricket Council (ICC)
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual draws held on the 31th of December 2015/2016 by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in cash Promotion to promote fans in India,South Africa,
Sri-Lanka, Nepal,and England. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909.
Your email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won the total reward of One million United States dollars($1, 000.000.00 USD) each on the International Cricket Council (ICC) promotion Award.
Attached Serial No(556543450906) to ticket number (5647600545188) and ballot number (Ref: 2551256003/23)
The online draws was Conducted by a random selection of email and mobile numbers and you were picked by an Advanced automated random computer search from the International Cricket Council (ICC) India database.(IN-DTB-CRICKET/0091).
In other to claim your $1, 000.000.00 USD contact the Online Coordinator with the below details.
Forward your details as below to the coordinator for processing of your payment.
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:
DATE OF BIRTH:
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:
Contact of the Fiduciary Agent with the email below
Name: Barry Anderson