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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:
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: nadeza david <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:40:34 -0800 (PST)
Subject: i wish to have a good friendship and co-operation with you
How are you today,am very glad to write this pieces of mail to you after i have gotten your email through one of the directory, my names are miss nadeza david, am 24 years old female, am very felexible,caring and sensitive to people, am looking towards to meet a caring and a serious person who believe in friendship,and also in anythings that will make life meaningfull, like it has always been my pleasure to meet one that really knows the value of life and the importants of friendship, i will highly appreciate an opportunity to know more about you, please i wish you could write me back so i can send to you my pictures and tell you more details about myself
I will be waiting for your reply.
Yours new friend.