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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: "Mrs. Yetunde Owolabi" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:01:52 +0100
Subject: CHILD FOR ADOPTION.
My name is Mrs Yetunde Owolabi from Republic of Benin, I gave birth to
twins, 2 babies (Boy and Girl) at a time after the death my husband on
18th of November 2011 by auto car accident. Already we have received 5
children (3girls and 2boys)from God, right now I cant take care of them
so I have decided to give them out for adoption. If you are interested let
me know, please bear this in mind that I am not selling them but you will
only pay for adoption fees to the ministry (State Social Welfare) and the
Lawyer will legalized all the related adoption documents and the babies
become legally yours.
Please help me to adopt my babies or my children, life is real getting
tough on me and my family.
God bless you
Mrs. Yetunde Owolabi