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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 phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",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)
- 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!
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Kimberly Waters"<email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 18:48:59 -0700
Subject: Winner Notification BDHITLJPXY
Allow me to introduce myself,my name is Kimberly Waters Coordinator,of
Premier lottery international
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 23th of March, 2017.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number
27511465896-6410,with serial number 4204-777,drew lucky numbers
5-21-23-34-61-72 which consequently won in the 2ND category,you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of $ 2,500,000 (US DOLLARS).
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified
May i say Congratulations
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed
and your money Remitted to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
Be informed that all participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual
email addresses and names from all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every three years.
Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 30 Days.After
this date all un! claimed funds will be included in the next stake.
To file for your claim, please contact our Overseas Service
Mr Donald Obrian.
Morgan,Obrian & Owens (Esq)
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications,remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers
Ref Number: WHAL/618/028/05/JUGM Batch Number: AT-05-SB07.
Furthermore should there be any change of address do inform our
agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you
for being part of our promotional program.
Ms Kimberly Waters(Coordinator).
Premier lottery international
Nieuwe Zijds Vooburgwal, NL- 1009 CEH
STATEMENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY
The information contained in this electronic message and any
attachments may contain confidential or privileged information intended
for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are
not the intended recipient,please notify the sender by reply e-mail and
destroy all copiesof the original message and any attachments.
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