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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: Juliet Jones <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 08:04:13 -0800 (PST)
My name is felicia, i am beautiful
young lady who is looking for a man of my life, i saw your email contact
today after reading your profile and i became interested in you. I am
looking for a good man who understand love as kind, trust and faith in
each other. Please i will like to know more about me, reply me via my
email so that i will send you my picture. Remember colour and distance
does not matter, what matters is love. Finally i pray that our good God
will guide and protect you as you reply me .Thanks and remain bless,
This is my Email