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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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Stephen Roberto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2014 06:14:09 -0430 (VET)
Your Certified fund has converted to an ATM VISA CARD.And i have deposited it to ATM office for delivering.Also by ATM MasterCard which is cashable in any ATM machine or Bank any where in the world,but the maximum you will withdrawal pay day is $5000.until your $1.9 is completed withdrew in your name.So kindly contact the ATM card office center with your home address/delivery Address/telephon number then you prefer for the delivery to be made so that they can ship your ATM cash Card to your designated address in your country home.The only money you are obliged to pay is the delivery charges of $105 before the parcel card will delivery to you.Therefore Contact the verification officer incharge of the delivery.kindly contacting the below person who is in position to release your atm payment card Mr John Morris.Email:( email@example.com )You can call immediately +22998277331