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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:
- "million pounds" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
- +447024095065 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:15 -0700
Subject: Mr.Gillian and Adrian Bayford (DONATIONS)pe
My wife and i won £148.6 Million Pounds on the 10/08/2012, and we have done lot of charity donation, so we have decided to give out $2,000,000.00 each to 5 lucky people this May 2014, to mark our New Year windfall, lucky for you, your email address was given to us by google management as one of our lucky recipients.
For verification process see below
Please read the article - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2187999/
Contact our lawyer to approve your payment:
Elite Chambers & Soilicitors
#1 Kings Square,
Liverpool, England.EC4Y 7EQ
Phone: (+44) 702 4095 065
Name: Barrister Paul Carlos Esq.
Send Name, Country, Age, Occupation and Phone Number for details.
Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,
Gillian and Adrian Bayford