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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (This email address looks like addresses used in fake loan scams. Be suspicious of any lender who uses a free webmail address or who is based in different country from yourself.)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr John Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2011 14:41:14 +0100
Åßìáé ï ê. John Nelson, ìéá íüìéìç, áîéüðéóôï äáíåéóôÞ ÷ñÞìáôá. Åßìáóôå ìéá
Ç åôáéñåßá ìå ôçí ïéêïíïìéêÞ âïÞèåéá. Åìåßò ôáìåßá äáíåßùí áðü ôá Üôïìá óå
áíÜãêç ïéêïíïìéêÞò åíßó÷õóçò, ôá ïðïßá Ý÷ïõí ìéá êáêÞ ðéóôùôéêÞ Þ ÷ñåéÜæïíôáé
÷ñÞìáôá ãéá íá ðëçñþóåé ôïõò ëïãáñéáóìïýò, íá åðåíäýóïõí óôéò
åðé÷åéñÞóåéò. ÈÝëù íá ÷ñçóéìïðïéÞóù áõôü ôï ìÝóï
íá óáò åíçìåñþóù üôé Ý÷ïõìå êáôáóôÞóåé áîéüðéóôç âïÞèåéá äéêáéïý÷ï üðùò èá
Èá ÷áñïýìå íá óáò ðñïóöÝñïõìå Ýíá äÜíåéï.
Õðçñåóßåò ðïõ ðáñÝ÷ïíôáé ðåñéëáìâÜíïõí?
* Áñ÷éêÞ Âåëôßùóç
* Åðåíäõôéêü äÜíåéï
* ÄÜíåéá Auto
* Óôáèåñïðïßçóç ÷ñÝïõò
* Åðé÷åéñçìáôéêÜ ÄÜíåéá
* ÐñïóùðéêÜ ÄÜíåéá
* ÄéåèíÞ äÜíåéá.
ÐÑÙÔÇ ðëçñïöïñßáò ðïõ áðáéôïýíôáé åßíáé:
Ïíïìáóßá ôïõ äéêáéïý÷ïõ :.........
Áðáéôïýìåíï ðïóü ............
Óêïðüò ôïõ äáíåßïõ ........
ÄéÜñêåéá Äáíåßïõ :............
Ìçíéáßï Åéóüäçìá ...........
Åëðßäá ãéá íá äåßôå ôçí áðÜíôçóÞ óáò ìÝóù áõôÞò ôçò äéåýèõíóçò
çëåêôñïíéêïý ôá÷õäñïìåßïõ: email@example.com