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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: "Ms. Shian Zepada" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 09 May 2021 23:18:10 +0800
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS DEAR WINNER
Address: 1601 Willow Road Menlo Park, CA 94025. www.facebook.com +1 325=
244 8302 =
FACEBOOK LOTTERY =
Dear Facebook/Instagram User, =
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual fi=
nal draws held by Facebook Lottery Group in Cash Promotion to encourage the=
usage of Facebook worldwide. The online international lotto promo draws we=
re conducted from an exclusive list of 50,000.00 companies/ corporate bodie=
s and 30.000.000 individual users email addresses from Europe, North & Sout=
h America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East and Africa, were picke=
d by an "Advanced Automated Random Computer Search Machine" from the Facebo=
ok Platform. This is a millennium scientific computer which was used. It is=
a promotional program aimed at encouraging Facebook Users; therefore, you =
do not need to buy a ticket to enter for it. "NO TICKETS WERE SOLD". =
After this automated computer ballot machine searched, your e-mail address=
emerged as one of the twelve (12) winners that won the sum of $1,000,000,0=
0 (One Million United state dollars) each aims to say a big thank you to al=
l of our users to make Facebook their number one means to communicate, rela=
te and connect to their friends and families worldwide and to enjoy the goo=
d characteristics of visitors to our website and also to help people to fig=
ht against the general shortage and maintain a good standard of living. =
This is to inform you that your Social Media Account has won a prize money=
of $500,000.00 (five hundred thousand United state dollars) for the 2020 E=
dition Facebook promotion. =
Below are some important numbers attached to your Winnings and you are adv=
ised to write down this numbers on a safe paper and keep it safe because it=
will be required in Future. =
REFERENCE NUMBER: BGL/006194/240 BATCH NUMBER: B04/N450-28 SERIAL NUMBER :=
You are therefore advised to send the following information to the managem=
ent of FACEBOOK INC to process your claim: =
Full Name: Address:=3000 State: Country: Phone number: Date =
of Birth: Occupation: Copy of government issued I.D: (driver licens=
e/state id). =
Congratulations!! Once again.For security reasons, we advise all winners t=
o keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is pr=
ocessed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protoc=
ol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this progra=
m by non-participant or unofficial personnel. =
DISCLAIMERThe information contained in this message is confidential and so=
lely intended for the individual or entity to whom it is addressed, or auth=
orized to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not =
read, you are hereby notified that any disclosure of this communication, co=
pying, distribution or taking action in reliance of the contents of this in=
formation is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you received this =
mail in error, kindly inform the sender and delete the mail. Thank you for =
your kind gesture
Office of the President Mr. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook C.E.0) =
Ms. Shian Zepada Director of Lottery Affairs.
FACEBOOK CONNECTING PEOPLE