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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vip; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "WALTER" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2010 10:07:07 +0800
Subject: ARE YOU A VICTIM
WORLD BANK DEBT
It was Resolved and Agreed upon by the World Bank Debt Reconciliation Committee
that a Financier affiliated with the World Bank will send you a Cashier check
to cover all the needed fees to claims your unpaid inheritance/Contract Fund/Lotto payments entitled to you.
SEND YOUR FULL NAMES,MAILING ADDRESS, OCCUPATION,AGE,DIRECT PHONE AND ANY HOME EQUITY.YES/NO TO CLAIM YOUR FUND.
Send your details to the Financier via this E-mail: email@example.com
You can read more detai lon this link
Thanks And Remain Blessed.
Mr Edward walter