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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:
- "please endeavor to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "CATTOLICA ITALIANA." (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 07:14:32 -0700
Subject: Annual Donation of US$650,000.00 CATTOLICA ITALIANA.
CHIESA CATTOLICA ITALIANA (http://www.chiesacattolica.it/) would like to notify you that you have been chosen by the board of trustees as one of the final recipients for a cash rant/Donation for your own personal, business and educational development for you and your family.
In conjunction with the UNO,ECOWAS and the EU, We are giving out annual donation of US$650,000.00 each to 50 lucky recipients annually.
Kindly contact the Church Executive Secretary below for complete information on this donation.
Exec Sec: Sister Mariam Rossi
Please endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers below:-
+(N-2.2.2,126.96.36.199, E-9.1 0.5.6)
May God bless you with this donation.
Rev. Jose Vinto.