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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: jennifer Elamin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 03:30:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Hello Dear,
My name is Jennifer,a tall good
looking young girl,so lovely and caring with good understanding.fair in
complexion,care with good sharing,honesty.I saw your profile which
interested me much and i decided to contact you.
I really want to
have a good friiendship with you even if you have married we can be
friends ,i have a reason of selecting you as my friend,pls if you wish
to know more.Pls contact me through this my e-mail address ok ,
need to talk and know ourself more and equally share pictures to each
other.hope to hear from you.
Please reply me with my e-mail
Yours New Friend