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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:
- "claim agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "claims agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "hundred thousand 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)
- ",500,000" (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!
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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)
- claims agent: comrade hamid ibrahim rahuli email: firstname.lastname@example.org email: email@example.com tel: +32 460 224 121. (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.ibrahimrahuli" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2023 12:17:33 +0200
Subject: QATAR FIFA WORLD CUP 2022
QATAR FIFA WORLD CUP 2022
Dear Lucky Winner/Email Owner,
CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is to inform you that your email address emerged as
a Winner of an amount of US$1,500,000.00 Dollars, (One Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) in the JUST CONCLUDED QATAR FIFA WORLD CUP
2022 GAME PROMOTION Draw held in (Doha Qatar) through an open Computer
ballot JAVA System. This award was sponsored by Qatari Government to mark
the first time ever the World Soccer event was hosted in Middle East soil.
FIFA, Microsoft and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Collaboration
with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to help provide financial
assistance to families across the globe while working hard with so many
nations to combat this world Coronavirus pandemic.
All participantsâ email was automatically entered in the draw as Microsoft
collected all the Active email users globally for this promotion. Your
email Address attached to Reference Number: WCD80010011 was luckily drawn
to win you the prize in the category ''A''. Therefore, a Pin Number has
been issued for you to claim your prize. Pin code: 00357721.
For you to receive your US$1,500,000.00 Dollars (One Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars). You are advised to contact our European
Union Headquarters claim agent as stated below. After he finishes
processing your Payment file, he will direct you the bank to contact for
urgent transfer of your fund to any of your nominated bank accounts.
European Union Headquarters Belgium.
Address: Rue de TrÃ¨ves, 59-61 1040 Brussels,
Claims Agent: Comrade Hamid Ibrahim Rahuli
Tel: +32 460 224 121.
Forward the following information as stated below to Mr. Ibrahim.
1. Full Name:
5. Mobile Number:
6. REFERENCE NUMBER: A80010011
Send the above information to file for your claim. Only contact the
above-mentioned gentleman (Comrade Hamid Ibrahim Bushiri ) to receive your
prize money. Please keep your winning Identification Numbers confidential
to avoid double claims.
Sheikh Abdulrahman Al Janahi
QATAR WINNING NOTIFICATION OFFICER.