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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: "Mr. Baris Kaan" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 02:39:07 -0700
Subject: Re: Your Name tally with the Next of Kin to our deceased Customer.
I am Mr. Baris Kaan, a Banker and credit system programmer here in Turkey, I saw your email address while browsing through the bank DTC Screen in my office yesterday so I decided to use this very chance to know you.
Your Name tally with the Next of Kin to our deceased Customer, an Oil Merchant / Contractor , whose Contract sum value of US$ 65 Million has Matured and awaiting administrative order for remittance .
I will use my office to place you as the next of Kin to the deceased Customer,and we shall share the Fund 40/60%.
Do get back to me with (1) Your Full Name:(2) Residential Address:(3) Phone and Mobile number :,
Get back to me for further Details via my email Awaiting your Response.
Have a pleasant day.