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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: Mrs Joyce Ann Middleton <Joycemida@mail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:22:26 +0800
Subject: GOOD DAY TO YOU
GOOD DAY TO YOU MY FRIEND, HOW ARE YOU DOING TODAY?
I KNOW YOU MAY BE WONDERING TO RECEIVE THIS MESSAGE FROM A COMPLETE TOTAL STRANGER YOU HAVE NEVER MET BEFORE, I AM USING THIS AS THE ONLY MEDIUM TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU AT THE MOMENT DUE TO MY HEALTH CONDITION IN BRIEF MY NAME IS JOYCE MIDDLETON, FROM ALABAMA UNITED STATES. I RESIDE HERE IN 640 GRAND BAY WILMER RD MOBILE ALABAMA 36695
I WANT TO PASS THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO YOU DUE TO MY PRESENT CONDITION AND I WANT YOU TO MAKE USE OF IT VERY WELL WHEN IT GET TO YOU, I AM INTO TRADING BUSINESS WHICH KEPT ME BUSY AT ALL TIME TRAVELING FROM STATES T O UNITED KINGDOM ON MY BUSINESS AFFAIRS AS I LOST MY HUSBAND AND THREE CHILDREN THROUGH A CAR ACCIDENT, AFTER THIS I CAME ACROSS YOUR CONTACT DETAILS IN THE INTERNET DIRECTORY WHICH I HAVE DECIDE TO GIVE YOU SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND D OLLARS ($700,000usd) IN MY ACCOUNT WITH THE BANK OF AMERICA, I WILL HELP YOU FINANCIALLY, IF YOU NEED HELP PLEASE CONTACT ME AS SOON YOU CAN.
HAVE A BLESSED DAY