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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Allen Large" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:37:01 -0800
Subject: Attention, Chosen One
Attention, Chosen One.
This is a personal email directed to you, Let me formally introduce
myself to you, my name is (Mr. Allen Large). I and my dear wife Violet
A Jackpot Lottery of $11.3 million in July and have voluntarily decided
to donate the sum of $2,000,000.00 USD to you as part of our own charity
project to improve the lives of 5 lucky individuals all over the world.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com /news/national/violet-large- gave-away-her-lottery-windfall /article2119137/
Your email address was submitted to us by the Google Management Team
and you received this email because we have listed you as one of the
Kindly send your detail to my email:email@example.com
*Your Full Names:
*Home and Office address:
I expect to read from you soonest, to know the best means of sending the
money to your person.
Mr/Mrs. Allen Violet Large.
Online Co-Ordinator: Dr Hans Williams.
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