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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR. JORGEN FLOOD" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 16:32:30 +0100
Subject: I AM WAITING YOUR URGENT REPLY
How are you today?
You did not respond to my first mail, but I decided to write again in case you did not receive the first one. Please I want to know if am talking with the right person, I am asking this because I have an urgent information that will be of help to you, Once again My Name is Mr. Jorgen Flood I am a lawyer.
I do not know if I am talking to the right person, But I will like you to confirm if you are the owner of this EMAIL ADDRESS and a proven identity to show you are. Already I have your name and details in our file in the office, all I want is a confirmation from you that I am communicating with the right owner of this email.
I will furnish you with the information that I have for you when I am convinced that you are the right person. I am taking these preventive measures because I do not want to talk to the wrong person because of the sensitivity of the information regarding the issue.
I am looking forward to your response.
Mr. Jorgen Flood