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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "ROSEMARY COLLINS" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 11:14:58 +0100
Subject: FAITH OF DONATION!!!
FAITH OF DONATION..
I am Mrs. ROSEMARY COLLINS from Ireland I am deaf and has cancer of the breast, I lost my husband 13yrs ago without a child of mine.
i have deposited the funds of $11 Million Dollars,which i sold from my properties and deposit into a Bank. I want you to help me use the funds to help the charity,deaf and the motherless babies home.
Expecting your urgent response,and may God bless you as you carry out my wish.
yours dying sister:firstname.lastname@example.org
MRS. ROSEMARY COLLINS.