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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: Rosie Nelson <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 16:01:48 -0700 (PDT)
One of my greatest desire is to be the reason for the smiles of others.
This simply would tell you that I am the type that like to smile at all
times. By this, I would be fulfilling the law of a simple communication
skill and undoubtedly, will be creating a
for someone out there.
Would you love to join my world? world
filled with smile-filled and laughing persons, friends is major, while
smile can be minor, but most important of all. Don't be left behind,
drop me an interesting mail by replying promptly to this most wanted
idea and I'll gladly
return to you respectively.
Have nice times