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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2010 04:17:29 +0100
Subject: Good Day To You,
Good Day To You, ( contact me via this email:email@example.com )
This message is being sent to you for the purpose of a transaction
that is worth US$48,300,000.This transaction is completely legitimate
and all legal documents will be provided which will cover you and the
funds during the course of this transaction.
This money originated from a joint effort from myself and the deceased
my friend (depositor).I brought 60% of the total sum originally and my
late friend brought the balance which the money was to be used for a
project in asia.I actually got my 60% of the total sum from a loan
I am contacting you because of your family name which is the same with
my friends' because according to the agreement between the depositor
and the bank,it is only someone that bears the same family name with
the depositor that is eligible to lay claims to the funds.Since there
is noone available to claim the funds which My friend/client deposited
in the bank,i decided to claim it on my own with a choice of my own.
I am John William by name and i am presently in Italy precisely
because of this transaction.If you are interested in this
transaction,i will advise you send me an email with the following
Full Name :
The reason for these details to be released to me is for me to be sure
i am not corresponding with the wrong person.Note that you are been
contacted because of your family name and as such,i must be very sure
someoneelse is not playing a fast one on either of us.
If you would like to discuss further about this transaction that you
will be of benefit to you,email me back only on this email address
I am sending you this message from a secure millitary server for the
sake of confidentiality.So endeavour to send me a response back only
to the email address stated above.
Your response will be highly appreciated at this point because this
money has been delayed for too long and i would like to finalize the
transaction as soon as possible.If you are NOT INTERESTED,endeavour to
delete this message and let it remain confidential.