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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Jeffery Givens" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:35:15 -0800
On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Holt Von
Kleist.I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned
undelivered.I hereby attempt to reach you again by this as a private search that we have made to locate you. I wish to notify you that Late Holt Von Kleist made you a beneficiary in his WILL.
He left the sum of Thirteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars
(USD$13,500.000.00) to you in the Codicil and last testament to his WILL.
Please if I reach you as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as
soon as possible to enable me conclude my job.I hope to hear from you in
no distant time.I await your prompt response and please keep this very discrete and to yourself until the transfer of the funds to you
Contact this firm via:firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffery Givens Esq.
PANNONE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS