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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: Yahaya Sarahmaldaline <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:50:18 -0800 (PST)
Prazer em conhecê-lo
meu nome é Sarah i miss Maldaline Yahaya vi hoje o seu perfil e se interessou em você, eu também gostaria de saber o que você mais, e por favor eu quero que você me responda através do meu e-mail para que possamos conhecer uns aos outros que eu estou esperando seu e-mail para o meu endereço de e-mail acima. (Lembre-se da
distância ou de cor não importa, mas colocar as questões do amor na vida).
Nice to meet you
my name is miss Maldaline Sarah Yahaya i saw your profile today and became interested in you,i will also like to know you the more,and please i want you to reply me through my email address so we can know each other I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.(Remember the
distance or colour does not matter but love matters allot in life ).