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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:
- "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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- lucky winner. kindly contact michael peter ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with your following details below:- 1) your full names. 2) (Usa; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: <US POWERBALL LOTTERY> email@example.com
Date: 25 Aug 2016 08:09:01 +0100
Subject: HOW TO CLAIM YOUR LOTTERY PAYMENT.
This is to inform you that your email ID has won the US POWERBALL LOTTERY and your cash prize to be collected is $1 million USD (One Million United State Dollars).
Your Email Lucky Number is = 10 28 32 61 64 (12),and you can check it on www.google.com, just type your lucky numbers for verification that you are one of our lucky winner.
Kindly contact Michael Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your following details below:-
1) Your Full Names.
2) Full Address
3) Telephone/Mobile No
4) Any I.D Passport /Driver Linense
5) Indicate (Yes or No) Do you want your prize amount paid by cheque?
6) Indicate (Yes or No) Do we transfer to your bank account?
7) Bank Details.
8) Still leave in USA or travel out?
Make sure you indicated your lucky number in your email to Mr. Peter and he will direct you accordingly on how to claim your cash/prize.
Have a continuous blessed day ahead,
Jerry smith Frankly
C.E.O US POWERBALL LOTTERY.
HEAD OFFICE NEWYORK USA.
Address : 3rd Avenue, Plot 1032D, New York,
N.Y. 10016. Telephone Number : (212) 692-3309.
Fax Number : (212) 692-0000.