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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:
- "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: THE COCA-COLA LOTTERY.
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 09:24:39 +0100
Subject: THE COCA-COLA AID PROMOTION LOTTERY WINNER.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION OF THE COCA-COLA LOTTERY AWARD.
No1 Queen Caroline Strese Hammersmith, London W6 9HO, UK.
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of the Coca-Cola Covid-19 Aid Promotion Lottery, United Kingdom.
The Coca-Cola Covid-19 Aid Promotion Lottery winners were selected through (E.B.S.) Email Balloting System drawn teams arrange and gather all the email addresses of people that are active on-line, among the billions that subscribed to all email global Networks, we only select (10,000.000) candidates per year as our winners. Therefore, you have been approved a lump sum of $25,700,000.00USD in cash credit.
Your prize-winning Reference number is:
Batch No: (10504666902),
Winning No: (CC7015789),
Serial No: (0041138884).
All prize settlement must be redeemed, winners must be paid in the state jurisdiction or at the settlement center and any prize not claimed within the period of (5) will be forfeited. Be advised to contact your claims administrator via e-mail /phone within the period of the 24hours working time and send your information to process your winning prize payment with the appointed paying bank.
For security reasons, we advised all winners to keep their winning information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your lottery prize remitted to you by our authorized paying bank. (This is important as any case of double claims will result in payment cancellation).
*To Answer for procedures*
Mr. Alfred F Kelly Jr.
Coca-Cola Lottery Promotion Coordinator, United Kingdom.
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