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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 "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Roland Jones <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Roland Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:28:17 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Please Contact Mr.Edward Mark today
My Good Friend,
How are you doing today together with your beloved family,i hope fine and if so glory be to Almighty God. I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently I'm in Paraguay now for investment projects meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring the funds despite that it failed us some how because of financial assistance.
Now Mr.Edward Mark in Benin Republic with this address,
Phone: +229 69 11 93 12
Ask him to send you the approved ATM CARD valued $1.5m which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with Mr.Edward Mark and instruct him where to send the Card to you.Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy and happiness.
Finally, Remember that I had forwarded instruction to Mr. Edward Mark on your behalf to receive the ATM Card, I advised him to deliver this card to you through Fed-Ex Courier as soon as you contact him, So feel free to get in touch with Mr.Mark, he will send the total amount to you without any delay.Make sure that you send your full Names/Mobile/Address to enable him know you are my old friend and business partner.
Thank God for His Blessing upon our live and families,