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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: "Kennedy Milton" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:02:07 -0800
Subject: PLEASE READ AND GET BACK TO ME
Greeting to you, I am Mr Kennedy Milton, a personal account manager to Late Customer , who died with his family without no tress of any family member and no one coming to claim his fund ($4.2M) deposited in our Bank.
I have been mandated by the Bank management to present his relative, I have been searching through notary register of his country here all to no avail. You have the same last name with my late client so I wish to present you to the Bank as his only relative and next of kin. We will share the $4.2M 50/50 which is 50% to you and 50% to me as soon as the Bank Transferred the Money to you.
Send me below info:
kindly contact me for more details, terms and condition shall be clarified upon your response. Send all your further replies through my private here Email:
I wait for your prompt response.
Mr Kennedy Milton