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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:
- "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!
Fraud email example:
From: "Facebook" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:54:08 -0600
Subject: Re: FACEBOOK LOTTERY INC.
I'm Sharon S Bunting by name,Located at 1 Hacker Way Melno Park California and i work for the Facebook Security Operating Inc
I was ask to contact you by the Facebook CEO Mr Mark we have a good news for you about your Facebook Account.
Have any of our online agent informed you about the Facebook lottery splash promo 2017
I want you to know that online Facebook draws was conducted by a random selection of emails,you were picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the Facebook organization in other to claim your$500.000.00usd.the Facebook organization promotion program which is a new innovation by Facebook, is aimed at saying a big thank you to all our users for making Facebook their number one means to connect, communicate,relate and hook up with their families and friends over the years.
NOTE: I want you to know that this Facebook Promotion is not a Joke or a Scam and we also want you to know that this Promotion is 100% Real and Legit and the FBI and the HOMELAND SECURITY is fully aware of it,So there is nothing to be worried or scared about..Is that understood?
I am delighted to inform you that your name was among our 15 lucky selected winner in the Facebook Promotion 2017 going on,Who won the sum of $500,000.00 and i am here one of that claiming officer love to know if you are ready in claiming your winning prize..?
we are happy to let you know these is 100% real and legit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also aware of these winning Promo so you have nothing to worry about you going to get your winnings as soon as you follow the instruction given to you by us.
This is the way that Facebook is using to say a very BIG THANK YOU to all our users for making Facebook their number 1 means of communicating with their friends, co-workers and loved ones.
I want you to know that this Promo is 100% Real and Legitimate and the Government are aware of this Promo you don't have to be skeptical all you just have to do is to follow all instruction giving to you okay
You will have to follow my instruction so you can get your winnings delivered to your door step by tomorrow.
With information below in order for us to complete your winning certificate and for further information regarding the disbursement of your Microsoft Promotion
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:
NOTE: YOU ARE ADVISED TO KEEP THE NEWS OF YOUR WINNINGS PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL. DO NOT TELL ANY INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP OF PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR WINNINGS DUE TO SECURITY REASONS THAT IS SOMEONE ELSE COMING BEHIND YOU TO CLAIM THE WINNINGS AND IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND POLICY GUIDING THIS LOTTERY SO ADHERE TO IT OR VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY WILL RESULT INTO THE CANCELLATION OF YOUR WINNINGS.
I want you to know that we have Four way our lucky winners receive there wining prize and you have to choose one of the option and get back to us so that we can process on it ...
1, ATM CARD (delivery)
2, CHECK (delivery)
3, Cash (delivery)
4, BANK TRANSFER (money wiring)
All I need from you is your full co-operation and your honesty
Thank you very much once again for your kind understanding towards this and also, CONGRATULATION!!!!!
YOU WILL GET BACK TO US WITH THE INFORMATION AND HOW YOU WANT YOUR WINNINGS DELIVERED THAT IS THE EMAIL ADDRESS