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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: "e-mail Account Admin" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 02:15:09 +0200
Subject: Your e-mail Account Suspend Notification®
Dear e-mail User
Due to concerns for the safety and integrity of our web base e-mail
service...we have issued this warning message
We have noticed that your e-mail account needs to be verified/confirmed,
as we are upgrading our SSL web base e-mail account database.
To verify your e-mail account,please download the attached file and complete:
Verify Your e-mail Account by downloading the attached
web1134_1662_10787_0_833_14345_34904988.htm file and complete the requirements
and click on Submit button.
For further information, please contact our Customer Services.
Note: Failure to Verify/Confirm email account within 48hrs may lost his or
her email account.
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