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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 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:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.Thanaporn Deng" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:31:57 +0700
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !!! DEAR LUCKY WINNER
CONGRATULATIONS !!! DEAR LUCKY WINNER
This is to inform you of the release of ASIA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE DRAW.
Your email Address attached to ticket number 085-12876077-09 with serial number 51390-0 that drew the lucky numbers of 03-06-08-10-12-16-27, which consequently won the lottery and Qualified you among Twenty five international Winners in the 5th category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of US$ 3,000, 000.00 (THREE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY), in cash credited to file with REF: N.EG/3662367114/13.
The Lucky Numbers.
All 25 winning email addresses were selected randomly from the World Wide Website through a computer draw system and extracted from over 50,000 email addresses & official addresses, that are listed online from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa, as part of our International Promotion Programme. This promotion takes place yearly.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.
To begin your prize claim, You are advised to contact our co-ordinator in charge below as follows, for further instructions and directives on how to receive your cash prize.
Name: Rev.Peter Young Iva
Asia Pacific International Lottery Organization
SOI NUI KLONG TOEI KLM 15 WATTANA BANGKOK THAILAND 10200
Provide him the information below:
7. Telephone Number:
9. Fax Number:
10. Draw Number above:03-06-08-10-12-16-27.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, kindly quote your reference numbers in correspondences with us, Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform our Co-ordinator as soon as possible.
CONGRATULATIONS !!! Once again from all members of staff of the ASIA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION and thank you for being a part of our International Promotion program.
Asia Pacific International Lottery Organization
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