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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: "Sgt Jason Campbell" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:00:11 +0530
Subject: YOUR ATTENTION IS NEEDED!!
Good Day From Iraq
I am Sgt Jason Campbell an American Combat Soldier the Last group of (6,000, 00)
combatant left behind in Iraq for advisory and assistance to Iraq Forces after
the Handing over to Iraq Peace Keeping Force, During my services, I was been
able to secure Twenty Million Dollar($20 million U.S Dollars) which already
Deposited with a Diplomatic Company for security and Safety Purpose,
I want to hand over this funds to a Trust Worth Person that we help me keep
it till I am back from the Camp in Baghdad Iraq in April 2012, Since Our
Final Troops is leaving Iraq 2012.If you are Interested in this Offer
kindly contact me Via my Private Email: email@example.com
You will find the story of this money on the web address below.
After we have summated the remaining part http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/mid dle_east/2967029.stm
Please kindly keep this transaction Confidential because
I am still serving in the Military camp in Baghdad Iraq.
Sgt Jason Campbell