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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: "Mr.David Curtis." (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:36:38 +0100
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF YOUR UNPAID FUNDS.
From: Paul Martin.
Chief Executive,Ant-Fraud Department Ghana.
Be informed that your email address appeared on our data base among the list of unpaid European contractors/voda Mobile Lottery Winners who will be receiving their compensation payment of ($1.2MillionUSD).The payment has been programmed in ATM VISA CARD and your ATM VISA CREDIT CARD will be release and deliver to your doorstep as this is part of our precautionary measures adopted.
NOTE: be advised to keep this secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your ATM VISA CREDIT CARD delivered to you.
The claim process is very simple as stipulated so you are advised to follow and adhere to the legal claim procedure.
You must call me first for vocie discussion.
Wait for your urgent response.
Yours in service,
Chief Executive,Chief Executive,Ant-Fraud Department Ghana.