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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: "SANDRA OWEN"<email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 19:14:10 +0300
Subject: I WILL HELP..PLEASE READ DONT DELETE
My name is Sandra Owen 75yrs old of age, I stay in new york city usa.Am a good merchant.
I have several industrial companies and good share in various Banks in the World.
I spend all my life on investment and coporate business.
all the way i lost my husband and two beautiful kids in fatal accident that occur in november 5th 2003.i am a very greedy woman with all cost i dont know much and care about people, since when i have an experience of my lovley ones .
i felt weak,so i called upon a prophet to pray for me and told me to share my wealth with poor people before i go for my sugery cancer of the lungs .do you need help or donation about money,student, project, mortgage,widow ,orphanages home ,poor ,unemployment and churches?let me know,I AM DEAF.