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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:
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- ",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 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Google Promotion Thailand®" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 04:51:23 -0700
Subject: GOOGLE Winning Notification !!!
Google Promotion Thailand®
57 Park Ventures Ecoplex
Witthayu Rd, Lumphini,
Pathum Wan District,
Bangkok 10330, Thailand.
Dear E-mail User,
We are pleased to congratulate you on this note as one of our lucky winners selected this year 2020. Your e-mail ID has emerged a winner of US$1,000,000.00 in our on-going Google Promotion Award. This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the Google search engine, the Google ancillary services, that support fraud victims, support widows, uplift poverty alleviation, charity aid, community development, improve the level of education worldwide, encourage the use of Internet and computers worldwide for vast knowledge and also increase the standard of living of the less privileged.
The selection process was carried out through a random computerized email selection system (ESS) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world, which your email address was selected. The Google Promotion Team collects the E-mail ID of all active users online, among the billions users that subscribe to internet in which your email ID emerged as one of the lucky winners that won US$1,000,000.00 through electronic balloting system without the winner applying.
To claim your won prize, please contact the Google Thailand Fiduciary Agent (Mr. Umapan Tangsomchai) filling the verification details below.
GOOGLE THAILAND FIDUCIARY AGENT
Mr. Umapan Tangsomchai
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly forward your verification details as stated below to the Google Fiduciary Agent;
1. Full Name:
2. House Address:
6. Marital Status:
7. Direct Phone No:
9. Ticket Number: 01295621376456
10. Serial Number: GPTH/2054567821/05
11.Lucky Number: 01-12-43-35-41-44
The Google Promotion Team has discovered a huge number of double claims due to winners informing close friends, relatives and third parties about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on-behalf of the real winners. The Google Promotion Award Team has reached a decision that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the cancellation of that particular winning, making a loss for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that the real winner was the informer to the double claimer About the lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize. Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this Email-ID.
Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of Google Thailand.
Mrs. Jackie Wang