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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.
- 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:
- "million us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- with the diamond bank international plc. email: email@example.com date;25th nov, 2016 you are listed and approved to receive (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr bash Atm Office <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:53:15 +0100
Subject: RELEASE OF YOUR OUTSTANDING PAYMENT
DEBTS COMPENSATION UNIT,
IN AFFILIATION WITH THE
DIAMOND BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC.
Date;25th Nov, 2016
You are listed and approved to receive payment of US$2.5.Million US
Dollars. as one of the scammed victims under the United Nations/DIAMOND
BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC scammed victimsâ rehabilitation scheme,which
will come to you via ATM Smart Card.
However,the below information is needed as to enable the profiling of
your card and it's delivery to you:
Once we receive this information, we will proceed without delay.
Contact Mr.Charles Mayindo for your ATM SMART CARD on This email.