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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: Raman Sule <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Raman Sule <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:19:43 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: I am Raman Sule
I am Raman Sule
I want your help
as my late father foreign business partner and trustee for the necessary transfer of inherited sum of $18.4 million us into your abroad bank
account as the bank required,Hope trusting you shall not be letdown or
failure to me at last,If you wish do forward me your full details as
indicate below to enable me contact the bank and submit for more
Cell phone number
Waiting your response,