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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Peter Kuipers" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:17:11 +0700
Subject: Daily ATM Transactions..........!
Im Peter Kuipers of interswitch Payment Exchange can you do a simple business transaction with me? I,m with Interswitch Payment Exchange and would need someone who can receive an ATM MasterCard for daily withdrawal of funds.
This account in question contains over $88.6Million US Dollars and it belong late African politician who laundered funds from African Banks to Swiss. If you are willing to partner with me.
I will always monitor the account to know whenever you make withdrawal; we will split each withdrawal 50/50 and send my own share to an account which will be made available to you:
Revert with the following under listed details for further update:
Your Full Name
Tel Number Mobile
if your willing get back to me for further explanations.