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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: "MS.GRACE" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 18:04:23 -0700
Subject: THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU THAT YOUR FUNDS ARE CURRENTLY BEING LODGED INTO WOOD FOREST NATIONAL BANK IN USA BECAUSE WE HELD MEETING TODAY WITH
THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU THAT YOUR FUNDS ARE CURRENTLY BEING LODGED INTO WOOD FOREST NATIONAL BANK IN USA BECAUSE WE HELD MEETING TODAY WITH THE (FBI)WHICH THEY TOTALLY GIVES BENEFICAIRIES LIKE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFER FUNDS VIA TELEPHONE BANKING TO BE ABLE TO ESCAPE IMP AGAINST TRANSFER OF FUNDS ABOVE 1 MILLION USD DOLLARS. THIS NEW PAYMENT ARRANGEMENT IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU GET ACCESS TO GLOBAL TELEPHONE BANKING AND COMPLETE TRANSFER OF FUNDS WITHOUT ANY DELAY. YOUR'FULL NAME AND YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND YOUR ID,THIS IS TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE THE RIGHT PERSON.THANK YOU FOR BANKING WITH US. MS.GRACE SMALLWOOD