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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:
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "international lottery programme" (no such lottery exists)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "fiduciary 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 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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Mike First <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:35:52 +0000
Batch: 8056460902 /188
Winning no: GB9701/LPRC:
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 16th
February, 2019 from the Australian International Lottery programme.
Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using
their e-mail addresses from some site.Your email address was attached
to ticket number; 5706172507056490902, serial number 8741137002 .
This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 83 82-42 bonus number
17,which consequently won the lottery in the second c ategory.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$1,000,000.00 (One
Million United States Dollars Only) in cash credit file Ref: ILP/HW
47509/02 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners
in this category.
All participant were selected through a computer balloting system
drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada,
Australia, United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as
part of our international promotions program which is conducted
annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of
some multinational companies as part of their social
responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have
Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our European
representative office in Amsterdam,Holland,as indicated in your play
coupon and your prize of US$1,000,000.00 will be released to you from
this regional branch office in United Kingdom. We hope with part of
your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for
US$1.3 Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Simply contact our fiduciary
agent, Mr. David Uzondu at ;
to file for your claim .
Please quote your reference,batch and winning number which can be
found on the top left corner of this notification as well as your full
name, address and telephone number to help locate your file easily.
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your
prize released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by
or unofficial personnel. Note, all winnings MUST be claimed by 2019;
otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually
donated to charity organizations.
Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!
REPLY TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED EMAIL.
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT