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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Rev. Carol Mitchell" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 02:36:35 +0700 (WIT)
Subject: Re: I am very sick
I am Sister Carol Mitchell a Missionary in St Peters Catholic Church London United Kingdom, But I am Citizen of America from California USA.I am very sick now and I deposited the Sum of US$6M in Allied Irish Banks (AIB) London United Kingdom here, But my Doctor here in the Hospital told me that I will not survive this Sickness that I have only two weeks more to live. So I want you to help me stand as my next of kin to enable Allied Irish Banks (AIB) London United Kingdom here Transfer this US$6M to you, But note that you will take US$3M out of this US$6M and give the remaining US$3M to any Charity Home in United State because that was the vow I made to my God Almighty before I became a Missionary.
I want you to get back to me immediately with the below information if you are interested to stand as my Next of Kin, So that I can introduce you to my Lawyer, Bank and direct you on how to proceed before I pass away in this world because I have only two weeks to live according to my Doctor.
1. Your Full Name:....
2. Current Address:...
3. Direct Phone:......
4 Cell Number:.......
8. Any of you Valid Identification..
I wait your urgent response.
Missionary Carol Mitchell.
>From St Peters Catholic Church
136 Clerkenwell Road,London EC1R 5DL,