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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states 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: "Mrs. Law Lai Chun Jenita" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:33:06 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: Charitable Organization
Re: Charitable Organization
My name is Mrs. Law L. Jenita from Hong Kong, I am 57yrs old woman and a contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for 22yrs. Now I was diagnosed for cancer, after the last surgery last week my condition appears to be getting worst. I have decided to donate part of my fund to orphanage homes through you, this money is now floating in the Federal Reserve Bank account. I want to quickly transfer the sum of Fifty Million United States Dollars to a safe nominated foreign account for charitable organization.
Hence the need to solicit for your full banking details, to enable me transfer this money into your account. I am rest assured we shall do it together. This is a risk free transaction. I will procure the necessary documents in your favor. What this means is that Some relevant documents is going to be procured in your name which will make it easy for the money to transferred to you as the right Beneficiary. If you are interested, upon your response, send to me the Following
1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Your Age:
4. Any Kind of Identification.
Mrs. Law L. Jenita