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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "YAHOO MESSENGER" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:06:49 -0800
Subject: UPDATE WARNING
the last few days, our security Team observed multiple logons to
from Different Blacklisted I.P addresses, therefore we are Issuing
warning. To prevent further unauthorized access for your safety,
we have decided
to put an extra verification process to ensure your account
ensure that your account information remains accurate and
secure, we will notify
you whenever this information changes.
click on the link below to activate and secure your account. This
Maintenance is for your safety and protect your account against
users.We work hard to safeguard
your account and personal information. That's why from time to
time we may ask
you to verify your identity online. This verification process will only
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