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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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: "Dave & Angela Dawe"<email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:54:39 -0600
Subject: Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance..
My wife and I won the biggest Euro Millions lottery prize of ?101,203,600.70 GBP. We just started our Charity Donations
by giving out a cash donation of ?1,500,000.00 GBP to five(5)lucky individuals and ten(10)charity organisations from any part of the world.
To verify the genuineness of this email and our winnings, please see our interview by visiting the web page below;
Your email address was submitted to my wife and I, by the Google Management Team. You received this email because we have listed you as one of the lucky millionaires to share with us on our lucky forturn, Kindly send us the below details so that we can direct our Bank to effect a valid
Bank Draft in your name to your operational bank account in your country.
Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance, Dave & Angela Dawe