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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "million us 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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Beatriz Yusi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Beatriz Yusi <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 04:40:19 +0530 (IST)
Subject: From Mrs.Beatriz yusi
LOT 12 LAPU-LAPU
6017 CEBU CITY
Email me for more details here:(firstname.lastname@example.org)
My Name is Mrs.Beatriz Yusi wife to Dr Christopher Yusi from Cebu-Philippine,who was the Deputy Secretary General of Bayan Muna party-list group in Southern Tagalog Who was attacked and killed in our house on the 9th may 2010 from your profile I believe in me that you ought to be a very honest person, I need someone who would take for whom I am and as a life time partner, after making claims of my deposited life. Before my late husband was killed he made total sum of ($14,000.000 USD Fourteen Million Us Dollars) from the sales of gold and cocoa this money is deposited with a firm in ABROAD.
My main purpose of sending you this mail is because of the way I believe I can confide on you to assist me retrieve and invest this money for the benefit of you and me. I hope that you can be trusted, that you will not sit on this money when you claim it I will give you the contact of the security company in ABROAD for you to contact them and give them your address for the immediate shipment of the box today I have made up my mind to give you 25% of the total money for your help, after you have secured the box for me and my future. Thanks for your comprehension and willingness to assist Contact me for more details with my private email address (email@example.com)
Await your urgent reply.