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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:
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Sung LEE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Sung LEE <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 18:10:22 -0430 (VET)
Subject: Concealed Business Proposition
DAH SING BANK LTD
DES VOEUX RD.BRANCH,CENTRAL HONG KONG,
I am Mr.Sung Lee, Auditing and Account Credit Officer, Dah Sing Bank Ltd,(Hong Kong). I ask for your partnership in re-profiling funds Transfer.
Further to this,details would be made known if interested but in summary the funds would be transferred from my bank and further to this other informations to facilitate the remittance of the funds will be revealed to you in due course. For your assistance, you shall receive 25% of the funds to be transferred .
I will appreciate if you can reply me on my email- firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking forward to it