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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "national lottery promotion" (no such lottery exists)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "claims agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "million 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)
- "million 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)
- ",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 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.
- +447024084889 (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.
- email@example.com (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Beatrice Benny (Group Coordinator)" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:43:48 +0200
Subject: YOUR AWARD WINNING PRIZE NOTIFICATION £3,000, 000.00/
The National Lottery PO Box 287WatfordWD18 9TT
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited
Registered office: Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts WD18 9RN
Registered in England and Wales No. 2822203
Winning numbers for Lotto #2112 (Saturday 19th March 2016):
Thunderball winning numbers for Thunderball # AQUA 6693 8097
Ticket Numbers: AQUA 7170 6586
Millionaire Raffle numbers: 14 19 21 24 49
Lucky Star 05 Lucky Star 11
Lotto results for Saturday, March 19: National Lottery winning numbers from the latest draw:
We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of cash prize £3,000,000.00 (British Pounds) held on UK Millionaire Email Raffle results March 19 2016 in London UK. The selection process was carried out through random Selection in Our computerized email selection system (as) from a database of over 10,000,000 Email addresses drawn from which your E-mail address attached to ticket number: 21 27 31 34 40 54 with Lucky Star number 05 Lucky Star 11 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. Euro Millions draw 549. The total number of consolation prizes won in UK Lotto email selection system game was 05,11.
The Powerball lottery and National Lottery Promotions Unit (NLPU) is responsible for raising awareness of Lottery funding to Good Causes. Amongst other initiatives, NLPU manages the National Lottery Awards on behalf of The Department for Culture Media and Sport, the Lottery funders and the operator, Camelot.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £3 Million Pounds, (Three Million British Pounds) in cash credited to file KTU/ AMG 55 /2009. This is from a total cash prize of £3,000,000.00 only, shared among the (G F P 5 6 7 3 5 2) lucky winners in this category i.e. this March plus bonus. For due processing of your winning claim, please contact your Agent Mr. John Richard Allen who has been Assigned As your payment Agent to assist you. You are to contact him with the following details for the release of your winnings youre Full: Name and your Address, Telephone Fax Number before time runs out.
To claim any prize above £500 you will have to complete a prize claim form and give proof of your identity. If you are claiming a large prize, additional checks on your winning ticket may be conducted. All National Lottery Game prizes must be claimed no later than the 365 days after the closing date of the particular Game. Any such prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited if you were one of the lucky winners.
Please Contact your Agent: Mr. John Richard Allen
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5:30pm
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 9am to 11pm
Sun 9am to 3pm
All other days 9am to 5:30pm
If you do not contact your claims agent within 5 working days of this Notification, your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the prize claim by Winner. Camelot is committed to operating The National Lottery in a socially responsible way. If you suspect that a retailer is selling National Lottery tickets to anyone under the age of 16, you can report them by calling our dedicated hotline on 0870 160 001 All calls are fully investigated by Camelot's security team. Accept my hearty congratulations once again!
Mrs. Beatrice Benny (Group Coordinator) Written by Lottie McDonald
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