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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:
- "claim agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Steven Russells" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:03:26 +0200
Subject: Hello: Kindly Go Through and Get Back.
MOBI GRAND INTERNATIONAL.
MOBI GRAND 20/21 LOTTERY TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY.
Enfield Business Centre 101 North Road
LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw of the MOBI GRAND TELECOM 2021 lottery online programs held recently to alleviate poverty and for covid relief, Your e-mail address attached, to ticket number: 694 75600541 721 with Serial number: 886/21 drew the lucky numbers:01-6-2-13-35-17, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of 9500,000,00. in cash credited to file RPC/9080115322/44.
This year's Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for MOBI GRAND Lottery, The estimated 125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in MOBI GRAND TELECOM history .The biggest was the 363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2020 drawing of The Big Game, Mega Millions' predecessor. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our World wide booklet and our representative as indicated in the electronic play coupon. In view of this, your 9500,000.00 would be released to you after proper protocols by our claim agent has been followed by you. Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact .
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. To file for your claim, please contact Mr Devon Lee. On:. Tel; +27825864912/ Fax; +27-(0) 86-5799-001 / Email: email@example.com
Mr Edward Thompson ( British Gaming Commission)
For an online transfer, send the following:
1. Your full names.
2. Your ticket number:
3. Your residential , official address and country:
4. Telephone number and email address..
For cheque/bank atm card dispatch, send the following:
1.Your full names.
2.Your ticket number.
3. Address and Telephone no:
congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Mobi Grand Zonal Coordinator .
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