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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "ASIA LOTTERY" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:23:33 +0100
Subject: WINNER NOTIFICATION
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT,
ASIA LOTTERY ASSOCIATIONS,
ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL OFFICE,
SEASON ONLINE LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE NOTIFICATION!!
Congratulations To The Beneficiary of this email!!
It's our pleasure to inform you that your email address has won the lottery, Asia Lottery 7th edition season international online lottery promotion.
All the Winner addresses were selected randomly from the World Wide Websites through a computer draw system and extracted from over 200,000 email addresses & official addresses, that are listed online from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa. This is part of our yearly international program.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of US$ 1,000,000 as a cash prize among some lucky other 50 winners individuals on the 2nd category ( One Million United States Dollars Only ) cash prize winning.
These are your Reference to your winnings
Reference Number: A.CH/0057209614/20
Serial Number: 18354-15
Draw Number: 05-01-09-13-20-16
Note, This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by some conglomerates of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational bases. You don't have to purchase a ticket to enter or play the lottery, as this are ticket free. The promotion was drawn online through a computer balloting system which your email address luckily on websites on randomly was selected.
To file your prize claim, You are advised to fill all the listed information below and submit to the coordinator on this given email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enable our coordinator below contact you with further information and direction on how to redeem your cash prize.
Name Coordinator: Mrs Ploy Thong
Asia Pacific Organization Tower
Soi 39 Udomsuk, Onut Bangkok 10800 Thailand
Information to be filled.
3. Marital Status:
8. Country Of Residence:
9. Telephone Number:
10. Fax Number:
In order to avoid any unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference numbers in all correspondences with us, Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform our Coordinator as soon as possible.
For security measures, you are advised to keep your winning announcement confidential until your claim is processed and your prize remitted to you in whatever manner, This is part of our precautionary measures to avoid a double claimants or unwarranted claims as has happened in the past. Take note as We shall not be responsible for any prize lost, if claimed by unknown persons. Please be warned.
Warning!! You are expected to claim your prize immediately on receiving the notification, and not exceeded more than 30 days. Any prize not claimed between these days will be returned to HER MAJESTYS DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY.
CONGRATULATIONS!! Once again from all members and staff of the ASIA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION and thank you for being a part of our International Promotion program.
We wish you continued good fortunes.
Dr Guang Bendilly
On behalfs of the Asia International Lottery Organization
Asia Pacific Office