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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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: marinette caberas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 02:00:10 -0800 (PST)
Subject: God bless you
God bless you
My name is Marinette Caberas, i have decided to donate what i have to the charitable organization through you, which is the sum of ($16,870,000.00) sixteen million eight hundred and seventy thousand dollars. You may be wondering why i chosen you. But someone has to be chosen. I was diagnosed of cancer since 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my husband, let me know urgently your acceptance to this fund into a good investment for the benefit of street children, open orphanage homes, schools, hospitals and helping widows contact me for more details to claim this money and provide those below information to me when replying.
1 your full name â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦.
2 your nationality â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
3 your age â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
4 your telephone number â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
5 one of your personal photos â¦â¦â¦â¦
Faithfully sister in Christ,