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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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mavis Wanczyk" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2018 12:50:18 -0800
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE A DONATION OF $5,000,000 FROM MAVIS WANCZYK JACKPOT WINNER POWERBALL LOTTER
CODE NO: GB8701/LPRC
Dear E-mail User,
I am delighted to inform you that I am mavis wanczyk 53, winner of the largest single lottery jackpot ever in the United States I won $758.7 million grand prize in Wednesday's Power Ball 24th august 2017.I wish to donate $5,000,000 out of my wining to you. I wish to change your life and nine other lives too just as mine was changed by winning the Powerball jackpot lottery
Mind you, this is not a regular circulation, IT IS NOT A HOAX OR A SCAM EMAIL IT IS REAL
You might ask how and why I selected you it was by random email selection from google and i got your email address myself I just want to change your life too from my winning.
reply me with your acceptance if you wish to accept my donation to you
Thank you and Accept my congratulations once again!
POWERBALL JACKPOT WINNER