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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "international lottery programme" (no such lottery exists)
- 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: Montaegudo perez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 08:29:16 -0700
ATTENTION: STAKE WINNER,
RE: PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you today, 8th day of september ,2022 on the
release of the INTER`NL LOTERIA SWEEP STAKE LOTTERY / INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAM ESPANA, held on the 02/09/ 2022. Your Email attached to the
ticket number 037 523-886-950 drew the lucky numbers 12-14-16-24-34-46
which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have
therefore been approved for a lump Sum Payout of â¬1.815, 950.00 (ONE
MILLON EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EUROS
ONLY) In Cash Credited to File REF NO: ES/D-24145190086.
This is from A Total Cash Prize of â¬98,556.740.00 (NINTY EIGHT MILLION,
FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SIX THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND FORTY EURO ONLY)
Shared among International Winners in this Category.
Your winning fund has been deposited with paying bank and covered with
an insurance bond to you. Please note that your claim and batch numbers
are the key to your funds, you are to keep them confidential until your
claims had been duly processed and your money remitted into your bank
account as this is part of our security protocol / strategy to avoid
double claiming or unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by
participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 27,000 Email from Europe, America and Asia as part of
our International Promotions programmed which we conduct twice every
year. We hope with a part of your prize you will take part in our next
high stake of USD 1 .2 BILLION INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAMME.
To begin your claim, kindly contact our agents on this email
email@example.com with following information stated
For processing and remittance of your prize money to your designated
Bank account of your choice.
Mr. Jose Ramon.