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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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ganya Lungani" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 00:20:59 +0800
Subject: Spiritual Healer
I want you to have the benefit of thousands of years belief in the traditional and spiritual artifacts that can lead you to a better life
I can help you heal and take back control of your destiny!
True healing comes from the inside out. It means letting go off the sadness and disappointments you may harbor. You must learn to look forward rather than backward. Only with healing can true happiness come.
I've discovered a magical talisman that has the power to help you to realize amazing protection and discover the path to golden treasures. It will help you to recover from financial woes, relationship meltdowns, or any number of life's little cruel tricks.
But I must state clearly upfront that this talisman isn't for everyone. It has the ability to access the most powerful energies of the Universe. It's one of the rare spiritual and traditional creatures in existence.
Honestly, it's actually too powerful for most people. That's why only a very selected handful of my friends will ever hear about the spiritual Griffin of Protection and Prosperity.
I am so glad that you have decided to see for yourself, how traditional and spiritual artifacts can lead you to a better life, change your life and help you enjoy the health, wealth, and happiness you deserve.
Please confirm and I'll get right to work on your FREE weekly forecast. Feel free to contact me.