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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- +447045782380 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Gnld & Wallace Global Foundation" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 16:41:47 +0100 (CET)
Subject: (IEBS). Endowment
Congratulation, your email address was randomly selected for MDGs Annual
Award donation of £980,860.00 (Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Eight
hundred Sixty Pounds) organized by the Gnld & Wallace Global Foundation
via Internet Electronic Balloting System (IEBS). In honor of the founder
Jerry Brassfield and Henry A.Wallace. Due to consistency and transparency,
we now enjoy the support of the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU) in realization of the
Your selection was in recognition of your commitment for self
actualization. You are by e-mail advice to contact the office of the
Liaison with personal details to process your claims. Your e-mail ref:
Sir. Oliver Copper,
Tel: +44 70 4578 2380,
Gnld & Wallace Global Foundation
Liaison Office, United Kingdom.
The selected e-mail users are by this electronic e-mail notification
advice to the office of the Liaison, United Kingdom for screening and
redemption within 30 days of this announcement.
Mrs. Sarah Scarth