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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.
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "international lottery programme" (no such lottery exists)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "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 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:
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:41:21 -0400
Batch: 8056460902 /188
Winning no: GB9701/LPRC:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â CONGRATULATIONS!!!
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 14th March, 2018Â from the Australian International Lottery programme. Which is fullyÂ basedÂ on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses from some site.Your email address wasÂ attached to ticket number; 5706172507056490902, serial number 8741137002Â . This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 83 82-42 bonus number 17,which consequently wonÂ the lottery in the second c ategory.
You he reby haveÂ been approved a lump sum pay of US$200,000.00 (TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit fileÂ Ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prizeÂ shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category.
All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions programÂ whichÂ is conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social
responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.
Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our European representative office in Amsterdam,Holland,as indicated in your play coupon andÂ your prize of US$200,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in NIGERIA. We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Simply contact our fiduciary
agent, Mr. Favor Nwanne at ;
to file for your claim .
Please quote your reference,batch and winning number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as well as your full name, address and telephone number to help locate your file easily. For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoidÂ doubleÂ claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant
or unofficialÂ personnel. Note, all winnings MUST be claimed by 2018; otherwise all funds will be returnedÂ as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charityÂ organizations.
Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!
REPLY TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED EMAIL.
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION