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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:
- "national lottery promotion" (no such lottery exists)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "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: INFO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 12:03:26 +0200
Attn: Email Account Holder,
We happily announce to you the draw (#1526) of the Millions lottery ,
an online Sweepstakes promotion held in the United States of America
this year 2023 to the world . Your active email address attached to
the World Wide Web computer generated ticket number: B7607545 4139
with reference number EAAL/JA2C110P7 and Serial number USA5365/3,
Batch number ZA87-2PY, drew the Lucky Numbers: 03 08 18 24 40 Lucky
Stars 03 11. This subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category
i.e. matches 6 lucky numbers as millions jackpot prize. You have
therefore been allocated to claim a total sum of $11,691,315 (Eleven
Million, Six hundred and ninety one thousand, three hundred and
fifteen dollars). This is from a total cash prize of : $39,900,000.00
Shared amongst the (6) lucky winners in the "1st" category.
Additional information Jackpot winner(s) Lucky Dip winners Machine
used for draw Ball set used 14 SAPPHIRE 21 This promotion was drawn
based on email address as the key identification for setting up online
accounts. All valid email addresses in the World Wide Web Draw
used/participants for the online email promotion version were selected
randomly via computer balloting from a global website collaboration
with internet companies like eBay, paypal, liberty reserve, and Google
whom also built their systems and based their membership registration
identity on email addresses supporting this computer draw system done
by extracted email addresses from over 100,000 unions, associations,
and corporate bodies and affiliated members to the National Lottery
website and their advertisers listed online. This Online promotion
takes place via virtual ticket balloting and it is done Bi-annually.
Please note that you're lucky winning ticket file and number falls
within our booklet representative office in the United State , as
indicated in your ballot played coupon. In view of this ($11,691,315)
would be released to you by our payment department in the United state
Contact our Fiduciary agents immediately to commence release of your
lottery prize by providing details below.
1. Full Name:
6. Email Address:
7. Country of origin:
8. Country of residence:
10. Fax Numbers:
11.Valid Identity Card/Valid Passport :
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to
you in whatever choice you want to claim your prize. Precautionary
measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of these
programs are in place. Please be warned To file for your claim, please
contact our fiduciary agent and provide him with your winning email
Million Lottery Fiduciary Agents: Mr.Joachim Bryan
"Please do not reply back to the senders address or the source email
address, this notification is sent automatically via computer virtual
notification to winning email addresses and a response will not be
attended by Human but computer" contact the fiduciary agents above .
Mrs. Brenda S Riley.
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