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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:
- "million us 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)
- 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!
Fraud email example:
From: FACEBOOK <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:11:18 -0400
Subject: Dear Facebook user
CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION!! CONGRATULATION!!!
Dear Facebook user,%0%
The Facebook Charity team wishes to inform you and congratulate you for
appearing as our 2016 end of the year Facebook GiveBack Charity wins.
This is part of the total $ 1 billion (one billion US dollars) donated
to the charity of Facebook CEO.
Read more here: http:
You have been chosen randomly by the Facebook internet tie
administrator. The dragon administrator is an automated computer
program, which selects Facebook users randomly.
This e-mail is the final notice!
You are selected and entitled to claim part of the Facebook Charity
You have been approved to claim a charity sum: $ 1,000,000 USD (One
million US dollars) See below for your winning details:
Charity Amount: $ 1,000,000 USD
Character Number: TFB 12329317635197437-november / 2017
Ref Number: TFB 29501870209289 / US877
We appreciate you using Facebook. Due to you and other Facebook users,
Facebook's revenue has increased by 41%
How do your Facebook Charity claim donations
Fill out the form below:
Your current country of residence:
Your phone number:
How long have you used Facebook ?:
Please complete the form above and send it to Facebook Charity Program
Contact Person: Karen A. Bauknecht
Tel: +1-920-234-6411 Extension 5
Contact Karen A. Bauknecht at the email address above, to begin publishing the
process of your Facebook charitable donations.
It is very important for you to maintain the confidentiality and privacy
of this notice.
In order to avoid unjustified abuse or abuse of the Facebook Charity
program, we encourage you to keep news private before you receive
charity money in your account.
For further information on how to claim your Facebook Charity funds,
please contact Karen A. Bauknecht to the e-mail address above.
If you want to join Facebook in charitable donations, you can do your
charitable donations here: