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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:
- "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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- m. wehner ======= chief financial officer 1* e-mail: email@example.com 2* e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org enquiries whatapp phone: (Usa; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. FaceBook" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2021 01:42:35 -0800
Subject: FACEBOOK CONFIRMATION LETTER
This mail is from a trusted sender.
NOTE:If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we(Facebook Team) urge you to treat it genuinely.
Your E-MAIL ACCOUNT has won in the On-going Facebook Covid_19 Pandemic Financial Grant Support of Five Million United States Dollars(US$5,000,000.00). Your Ticket number is 00515 188 29877. All participants were selected through a computer random integrated system drawn in millions of Email addresses via the Internet and lucky winners do not have to purchase any ticket to participate in this Grant Support program. Forward your full details such as your name: tele phone number:age: sex and address for processing and payment of your winning.
Contact Person: Mr. David M. Wehner
======= Chief Financial Officer
1* E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2* E-mail: email@example.com
Enquiries WhatApp Phone: +1-8102022136
Do not doubt this letter or disregard as we are ready to give you attention until you receive your unbelievable Prize Award from Facebook.Contact our verification office through this mobile number; Enquiries WhatApp Phone: +1-8102022136
Yours in service,
Facebook Inc Grant Operating Officer.