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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:
- 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!
Fraud email example:
From: ATTENTION <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 11:38:49 -0700
COCA-COLA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION
TICKET FREE/ONLINE E-MAIL ADDRESS WINNINGS DEPARTMENT.
If you are the correct owner of this email address? If yes then be
glad this day as the result of the Coca-Cola lotto online e-mail
address free-ticket winning draws of June 2021 ,held in Canada has
just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email
address won you the sweepstakes in the first category and you are
entitled to claim the sum of Twelve Million United States
Dollars(US$12,000,000.00). Your email address was entered for the
online draw on this ticket No: 5266773 and won on this Lucky No:
(14)-(8)-(5. On how to receive your won prize of US$12,000,000.00.
(Twelve United States Dollars Only) to enable this office ascertain
you as the rightful winner and receiver of the lottery Payment.
Make sure you include the below listed information in your contact email to him.
Home Address :
Phone Number :
Email Address :
Text me on phone +1843 962 6933
Just in case you are thinking of how you won without entering then
know again that this very draw of the Coca-Cola Lottery Organization
in which you have emerged as a winner was a free ticket online email
address draws were thousands of email addresses was collected from
almost all world wide websites and used for the online
draws/sweepstakes and during winners selection your email address came
out among the first ten which won you the lottery in the first
winnings category and entitles you to claim the US$12,000,000.00
Mr. James Quincey