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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:
- "claim agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "hundred thousand 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)
- ",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)
- "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: Scott Carson <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Scott Carson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 17:07:31 +0900 (JST)
world online directory wishes to inform you that your facebook and email
address has been chosen through the ballot computer system as one of the
2019 International Winners of our Sweep stake promotion. You are among
the lucky winners approved for the total cash prize of $1,500,000.00 (One
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
Winning Numbers: Below
PowerBall: 7 15 18 19 36 19
MegaMillions: 1 7 44 68 73 2
Euro Millions: 3 27 32 41 46 4 3
Reference Number: WCDE/7287356473298-A
Ticket Number: 01337876453215
Batch Number: WCD-728-5647-98BN
Number of Winners: 554,776
Non-Jackpot Prizes: $195,868,104
Take note of the above details then fill the following information and send it to the claim agent:
1) Full name:
2) Full address:
3) Mobile/Telephone Number:
7) Reference Number:
8) Winning Numbers:
You are strictly advised to contact the world on line casino assigned agent to receive your winning prize of $1,500,000.00.
kindly send your information to the agent :
Name: Elvis Donald
Head by Bernard Richter