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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Robert Glenn" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 14:04:33 +0100
Subject: Wedding Reservation.
My name is Dr. Robert Glenn, i am a medical consultant by profession. Presently i am in Manchester. My lovely daughter found her heartthrob early last year and they are going to wed by 23rd January 2010. For the love i have for my daughter, i decided to carter for the wedding as a surprise package for her and her fiance..
Please i want you to handle the wedding arrangements on their behalf as my would-be in law is a citizen of your country and as a result he wants the wedding in his country. Please get back to me with any of the services which you can provide as regards the wedding arrangement of my daughter.
(a)Wedding Gown for bride
(b) Gowns for Bride's maids
(d)Tuxedo Suits for the groom and best man
(e) Shoes and accessories for both the bride and the groom
(f) location for the wedding and reception.
(g)lodging for the guests for an estimate of twelve people (22nd till 23rd) January 2010
(h)number of room is twelve rooms.
(i)Wedding cakes and decorations
Wedding Budget is at the range of ($50,000.00) for now. It could be reviewed to be increased or reduced latter depending on the outcome of the arrangements process unfold Please do let me have the details and your deposit so that i can forward my credit card details and all i should know so we can make Plans about the services you can provide as regards the arrangement. Estimates and calculations should be based on the quoted budget.
Do get back to me asap through my email:
Dr. Robert Glenn