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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.
- 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: "COCA-COLA GROUP OF COMPANY." <"coca_cola.company."@mild.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "COCA-COLA GROUP OF COMPANY." <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:31:27 +0900 (JST)
Subject: COCA-COLA GROUP OF COMPANY
COCA-COLA GROUP OF COMPANY. 2150 TOWN SQUARE PL., STE. 400 SUGAR LAND, TX 77479 USA. Email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email@example.com) Telephone: +1(903) 231-1166.
This massage is from Coca Cola Group Of Company Texas, we wish to inform you about a fund worth the sum of $9.5 million USD which you won under our custody with your email address, and we are very happy for you of the result concluded annual final draws held on the (2nd of JANUARY, 2017) by Coca-Cola Group of Company in conjunction with the British and American, Worldwide Promotion, which you are among one of the 10 Lucky winners who won $9.5 million USD each on the COCA COLA GROUP OF COMPANY PROMOTION.
However the results were released on the 28th of JANUARY,2017 and your E-mail was attached to ticket number (8PKBY) and ballot number (BT:18052006/30) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of E-mail contact from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail contact of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.
However, no tickets were sold but all mobile contact was assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy, the selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized E-mail contact machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 10 E-mail contacts drawn from all the continents of the world.
However promo is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This Promo is the 4rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public In other to claim your $9.5 million USD prize winning, which has been deposited with the UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS).
However, you have to fill the form below and send it to the Promotion manager of THE COCA COLA GROUP OF COMPANY for verification and then you will be directed to the UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) where the Cash of $9.5 million USD has already been deposited in your favor.
Please you are advised to complete the form and send it immediately to our Promotion manager through E-mail for prompt collection of your fund from the designated.
DETAILS OF BENEFICIARY ONLY:
COMPANY: IF ANY ____
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:_________
SCAN COPY OF YOUR PROOF OF IDENTITY.
COCA-COLA GROUP OF COMPANY. 2150 TOWN SQUARE PL., STE. 400 SUGAR LAND,
TX 77479 USA. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org)or (email@example.com)
Telephone +1(903) 231-1166.