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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states 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)
- "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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: " (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:21:27 -0700
Subject: Re: Mercedes Benz Loyalty Awards April 16, 2018 .....
Dear email account owner,
You email address is selected for a Loyalty Reward from Mercedes-Benz Daimler AG.
To participate, please answer the questions below correctly to stand a chance of winning our Promotional Award Cash of Two Million United States Dollars (US$2,000,000.00) and our grand prize - a brand new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic SUV.
If you have never had a Mercedes-Benz before, this is your chance to benefit from our Mercedes-Benz/Daimler AG Promotional Award.
And if you have had any of our products, this is an opportunity of enjoying some of the benefits side the comfortability and efficiency of our products.
Answer the 3 Promotional Award Questions correctly to stand a chance of winning our grand prize:
1. What year was Mercedes-Benz found?
2. Who was the founder of Benz?
a. Henry John Heinz
b. Mercedes Benson
c. Karl Benz
3. In which country is the Benz Headquarter Located?
b. United Kingdom
Send your answers by email, then submit your Name, Gender, Phone Number, Alternate Email, Country and Occupation to the online coordinator for claim and redemption:
Coordinator: Robert Halsey
PHONE: +1 (917) 935-0031
Chairman, Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz
(C) 2018 Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz