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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 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")
- "claims 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!
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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)
- *name: mr.barrister williams moore* *email**: firstname.lastname@example.org * *to file for your (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: AUSTRALIA LOTTO <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 04:10:07 -0700
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON ($1,200,000.00) DOLLARS !!!
*AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.*
*ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION*
*AWARD** PRESENTATION CENTER : AUSTRALIA*
*Winning no: KB8701/LPRC*
*We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 16th August,
2021 from the Australian International Lottery programmer.*
*Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their
e-mail addresses , your name was attached to ticket number 575061725
8056490902 serial number 6741137002 batch number **8056490902/188**.*
*This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 4-13-33-37-42bonus number
17, which consequently won the lottery in the second category.*
*You hereby have been approved a lump sum of **US$1,200,000.00 (DOLLARS)* *in
cash credit file ref ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize of *
MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)* *, shared among eight lucky winners
in this category.*
*All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn
from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada , Australia ,
United state, Europe, *
*Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions
program which is conducted annually.*
*This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by conglomerate of
some multinational companies as part of their social *
*responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have
*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,* *NAME:
MR.BARRISTER WILLIAMS MOORE* *EMAIL**: firstname.lastname@example.org
<email@example.com>* *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 as to help us 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 of this programmer by non-participant
or unofficial personnel.*
*Note, all winnings MUST be claimed on or before 30 DAYS AFTER YOU HAVE
RECEIVED YOUâRE WINNING INFORMATION.*
*Otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donate to
*Congratulations, once more from the entire Management and Staff of *
*AUSTRALIA** L.LOTTERY** Cooperation to all our lucky winners this year.
Thank you for being part of this promotional lottery program.*
*Mrs. LISA ADDISSON*
*PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.CONTACT <http://email.contact/> YOUR
CLAIMS AGENT: **firstname.lastname@example.org
<email@example.com>* *BREACH** OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE
PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.*
*MANAGEMENT, AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.*