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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "charles soludo" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- 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: "CHARLES CORNWING USA." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:30:39 +0100
Subject: FROM: PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO (DR)
FROM: PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO
SUBJECT: HEAL THE LEGACY.
NIGERIA ONLINE BUSINESS
WE TAKE CARE OF CHILDREN IN NIGERIA AND ORDER COUNTRY IN AFRICA, CHILDREN OFACCIDENT VICTIMS, and OPERATION NEEEDED DESEASES E.G APENDIX...
THE ASSOCIATION INDIVIDUALY IS TO HELP THE CHILDREN OF THE AFRICA, THE AFRICAN CHILD NEEDS HELP, BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF POVERTY IN AFRICA.THE ASSOCIATION IS FINACE INDIVIDUALY BY GOOD PEOPLES FROM GHANA/NIGERIA BUT WE HAVE FACILITIES PROBLEM AND FINACE WHICH WE NEED YOUR HELP ON HELPING THESE CHILDREN.
WE ARE MAILING YOU JUST BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU CAN HELP THESE CHILDREN WITH ANYTHING YOU HAVE, BECAUSE YOUR HELP CAN SAVE THE LIVE OF THESE CHILDREN.THE ASSOCIATION HAVE TO PAY THEIR SCHOOL BILLS AND ORDER DEVELOPMENT THESE CHILDREN.JUST ABOUT $500 (US DOLLER) WE ARE ASKING YOUR HELP IN HAND SO WE CAN MAKE THE AFRICA A BETTER PLACE FOR THE CHILDREN.ANYTHING YOU SEND WILL BE ACCEPTABLE THAT'S WHY WE DON'T HAVE TO BILL ANYBODY WE JUST WANT YOU TO GIVE AS YOUR MIND WILL TELL YOU TO GIVE, AS HUMANS WHO CARE ABOUT THE TOMMROW OF CHILDREN SWIMMING IN POVERTY.WE'RE WRITING YOU BECAUSE WE KNOW YOUR PENNY CAN SAVE THE LIVES OF THIS CHILDREN,AND AS YOU DO YOUR BEST GOD WILL BLESS YOU MIGHTILY.THANKS FOR YOUR HELP .THANKS FOR READING THIS MAIL AND WE WILL WAIT FOR YOUR REPLY CONTACT ADDRESS:NOTEPADMAILSPAY@INDIATIMES.COM
FROM: PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO (DR)