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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 phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "claim agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "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 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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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:
From: Florence Malik <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:04:00 +0000
Canada Lottery Promotion
#45 Summer Street, Summerside, PE C1N, CANADA.
Batch No. Lotto BC 49
Attention: Customer AFRSA68
Congratulations! Your email address has won you the total sum of US$1,000,000.00 in the Canadian Lotto Power ball jackpot, drawn on Wednesday been 29th of July 2020 in Ontario Canada, organized by the Canadian and South African Government. We are glad to notify you that your email address attached to Ticket ¹: BC7865 09871254773 drew the Winning ¹s: 07-29-35-40-45 Hot Ball- 26 has emerged the winner of the total sum of US$1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars)
Please note that the lucky winning numbers falls within our Afro booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in the electronic play coupon. All participants were selected randomly from worldwide websites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000,000.00 companies and personal email addresses. For security reason, you are advised to keep your winning information strictly confidential until you are paid.
To file your claim, please contact our corresponding claim agent immediately you read this message for urgent release of your fund. Contact information is as follows:
Representative Officers: Mr. Steve Norman (Claim Agent)
Direct Phone Number: +27832233886
Email the claim agent with the below stated information:
(1) Ticket ¹s (2) Winning ¹s (3) Full Name(s) (4) Contact Address (5) Date of Birth
(6) Occupation (7) Gender (8) Marital Status (9) Nationality (10) Phone Number:
Thank you for being part of our prestigious Lottery program.
Mrs. Florence Malik, (Zonal Coordinator)
Tel: + 1 5614060444
*To confirm that you have the winning numbers for the 29/07/2020 draw, you may check our link: http://www.powerball.com
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