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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Aaron Appepe Odili"<email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2011 23:39:25 -0000
Subject: Your Compensation.
I am happy to inform you that we have succeeded in getting
those funds transferred into the new partners account on your behalf; Now
Contact us via the secretary to claim your US$850.000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty
Thousand US Dollars) in Certified Draft being your compensation.
She is the confidential secretary to our organization and she will give you the details on the release of the draft to you.
You go ahead and reconfirm your personal information as below to her today
for onward processing of the delivery of the draft to your given contact information.
Your full Names: ___________
Delivery address: ____________
Mobile Telephone ____________
Dr.Aaron Appepe Odili.
Director, Compensation Unit.
Oogani Universal Trust Inc.