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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Simon Dele" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:36:57 -0200 (FNT)
Subject: Re:Get Back To Me
Good day and how are you today?
Listen carefully for the information, I am Mr. Simon Dele , The New Head
of Finance from National Spring Bank Ltd . There is an information I think
might interest you.
First of all, I do not know if I am talking to the right person, but I
will like you to confirm if you are the owner of this email ID. Already I
have your name and details in our file in the office, but somehow I am not
comfortable and too sure. So I just want to make sure am communicating
with the real owner of this Email ID Whom we also have your other detail
in our data.
If you can proof that you are the owner of this email ID, then I will
furnish you with the information that I have for you.
So by your respond, if you can be able to Identify your name and address
as we have it in Data here, I will proceed and let you know what news we
have for you.
I am taking this preventive measure because I do not want to talk to the
wrong person because of the sensitivity of the information regarding your
out standing Payment. always remember to check both your spam or bulk
folder as sometimes messages sent to you usually go there.
Other details will be forwarded to you as soon as I am convinced I am
communicating with the right person.
Have A Nice Day My Good Friend.
Mr. Simon Dele