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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)
- "hundred thousand 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)
- ",500,000" (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.
- +447045725663 (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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "World Casino Directory" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 04:45:10 +0100
Subject: OCTOBER WINNING NOTICE.
World Casino Directory
4771 Bayou Blvd. #177
Pensacola, Florida, USA 32503
Date: 2nd October 2016
The world on line casino directory wish to inform you that your email address has been chosen through the Facebook ballot computer system as one of the 2016 Monthly International Winners of our Sweep stake promotion. You are among the lucky winners approved of the total cash prize of $1,500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which is drawn from the full yearly winning amount of $989,000,000 (Nine Hundred And Eighty Nine Million United States Dollars)
Winning Numbers: Below
PowerBall: 7 15 18 19 36 19
MegaMillions: 1 7 44 68 73 2
Euro Millions: 3 27 32 41 46 4 3
Reference Number: WCDE/7287356473298-A
Ticket Number: 01337876453215
Batch Number: WCD-728-5647-98BN
Number of Winners: 554,776
Non-Jackpot Prizes: $195,868,104
Take note of the above details then fill the following information and send it to the claim agent;
1) Full name:
2) Full address:
3) Mobile/Telephone Number:
7) Reference Number:
8) Winning Numbers:
You are strictly advised to contact the world on line casino assigned agent to receive your winning prize of $1,500,000.00.
Name: Davis Milner
Phone/Fax: +(44) 704-572-5663 / +(44) 845-874-0549
World Casino Directory Board
Head by Bernard Richter
Warning: For security reasons your winning information is not to be disclosed until your prize is successfully given to you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim. You may also receive similar message from people portraying to be other Organizations. This is solely to collect your personal information from you and lay claim over your winning. In event that you receive any thing similar to the notification letter that was sent to you kindly delete it and give no further correspondence to such organization or body. Person under 18 years of age is not allowed to claim prize. World Casino Directory, Copyright© 2003 - 2016, E3WD INC, All Rights Reserved.