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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Linda baby <email@example.com>
Reply-To: linda baby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 00:10:16 +0530 (IST)
Good day dear, how is your day, Eluding your job too? My name is miss (LINDA) you may be surprise how i get your mail, i got your profile / mail to day, when i was browsing looking for a good and honest one for my life partner and became interested in you, I single girl never married, I wish i could get to know you, for
it is my pleasure to have you as my friend
for a friend is all about Respect,,,Admiration and
Passion also friendship is consist of sharing of ideas and
showing true love without cheats,,,lies and betray and i have this my
feelings to share with you, so can we be good friends ?
i am miss (LINDA) by name, I am looking for a long term relationship with someone of your kind who know and understands the need to love, i will like you to contact me back through my email ID (email@example.com) so that i can send you my pictures and also tell you more about my self, believe we can move from here that the distance age or color is a barrier but let love connect us because is a bridge that brings the distance to be close, waiting for your quick response, GOD bless you protect you and your family and pls stay out of trouble OK long life to you amen, in addition (I LOVE YOU) kisses from yours in love (LINDA).