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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:
- "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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms Ashley Halll" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2020 06:57:14 -0800
Subject: PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL LECTURE INVITEE 2021.
FORTUNEWELL LOTTERY INC.UK
47 GROVES COURT RD.
RG50 8TP READING.
REF NUMBER: FLI/653/029/2020
BATCH NUMBER: AT-040-SB06-03
Dear Royal Invitee,
By Order of Her Majesty the Queen of England and approval of Princes William and Harry,we the official handlers of Princess Diana Memorial Service/Lecture are pleased to inform you that as a result of our recent Lottery Draws Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 27522465896-532 with serial number 652-662 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-23-31-45 which qualifies you to attend the Princess of Wales memorial Lecture/Concert for the year 2021 to mark her 24 years remembrance with a winning sum of Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling (500,000.00 BPS).
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this year's memorial service and lottery draw was cancelled,hence the reason for early draws for next year to enable invitees to prepare and arrange for their logistics.This exercise is a yearly activity for all the Fans of Late Princess of Wales Worldwide and also a palliatives to the less privileged and the needy in the society.
Send the following information as to open a payment file for you;this is very imperative:
1.NAME IN FULL.
4.DATE OF BIRTH.
6.COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.
9.NEXT OF KIN
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program and bear in mind that failure to claim your winning prize within two (2) months of this notice implicates that you are not ready to attend the memorial service come August next year and therefore stands disqualified.
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.
Ms Ashley Hall
For more details and explanations please contact our Verification Officer below with your info.
David E. Johnson