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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:
- ",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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Makalima <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2022 06:42:38 +0200
Subject: Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup
From: Michel Van der Bel Microsoft Campus
Thames Valley Park
RG6 1WG UNITED KINGDOM
This is to inform Five (5) Hotmail/Gmail and other Microsoft Clients/Users
that there was a computer ballot that was organized by Hotmail & Gmail 2020
Network Board, on Wednesday 08 January 2020, at Hotmail/Gmail Microsoft Etc
.Network office, in London, UK. This Promotion was sponsored by Hotmail &
Gmail Etc Network to promote all our Clients / Users that Supports our
Network Systems and FIFA congratulating the World for their Supports to
âQatar *2022 FIFA *World Cup âQatar.
Five (5) Email addresses was finally picked out from among the total
1,000,000 Email addresses, and out of those 5 Email addresses, your Email
address is among the winning e-mail address on the winning Pot, which was
attached to Winning Numbers: 18 23 20 39 34 55 and Bonus Number is 31 and
Winning Amount is US$400, 000. 00 Dollars.
FOR YOUR CLAIM, DO CONTACT OUR PROCESSING DIRECTOR IN LONDON UK
The Computer ballot qualified your Email address as one of the FIVE (5)
winners of the said Sum-US$400, 000, 00 (FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
STATES DOLLAR).All the winnings must be claimed before 20-12-2022. You are
required to fill the Form below, starting from your full name, etc. As
listed below and forward it to your Processing Director Mr. David Jones through
the above E-mails his office directly.
REFERENCE NUMBER: SA/NL3-SARM-FIFLL389
BATCH NUMBER FISA-222-TWDD77
INSURANCE NUMBER: SA/NL3/223/SART66
TELE: *www.fifa.com <http://www.fifa.com> *
<http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.html>* *Thanks and Congratulations. *
*From: Michel Van der Bel *