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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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "UNITED NATIONS" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:41:52 +0800
Subject: Update about your funds release
Good day.. i am Mark Bill the secretary in charge of fund release department united nations Europe/America., we are trying all possible best to make sure all unpaid beneficiary receive there unpaid funds.as a result of the on going compensation scheme, various means to reach you have proved abortive, and a box of money worth $4,700,000 have been given to my diplomat Richard Walker ,He is to make the delivery to you in your home address, Don't worry he can't reach your funds the box is sealed with a code which i will be giving to you immediately you receive your box, the code and the key to the box is right here with me why the box is with him to make the delivery to you, we are doing all of these for a safety delivery.
contact him now with the following information to deliver the box to your home address
Name: Richard Walker
Mobile /telephone no:
Note: you are to provide him with this code 667jva,The code is specified for security reason..