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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 phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (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 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.
Fraud email example:
From: HANS HUGO <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2021 20:46:26 +0000
Subject: Lucky winners
GOOGLE EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
RE: PROMOTING INTERNET USAGE OVER THE GLOBE (WE ENCOURAGE GLOBALIZATION).
FROM: THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the First Category draw of GOOGLE LOTTERY INT. We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws.
The draws were held on 18th of June 2021 and results are being officially announced on 24th of June 2021. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program.
We are therefore wish to notify you that your Email Address happened to come out on top as 100 lucky winners out of the 1500 email addresses on the BALLOT DRAW. And this had made you one of the lucky Jackpot Winner of the Sum of US$1,500,000.00 (One Million five hundred thousand United States Dollar) which is the winning payout for Category A winners.
To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding Agent below with the following information for quick and urgent release of your prize.
(1) Full Names, (2) Residential Address, (3) Phone Numbers, (4) Nationality, (6) Sex, (7) Age, (8) Occupation.
The agent contact information is as follows:-
Lotto Creo Professional.
Name: Mr. Peter Taylor
Telephone +27 78 53 55 350
Congratulations once again.