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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:
- 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 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Johnson Eze" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2014 15:21:44 -0700
Congratulation,the payment of your $10.5millionUSD has been
to the officially of this exercise and the bodies involved
transparency, his decision of prompt payment was taken after
held between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the
Rights Organization to grant restitution to all those who
lost their money
in the hands of Nigerian.
The restitution granted to you is US$10.5million) If you had
than that, you have to take It just like that and leave the
God.Contact this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me
I will be of personal assistance to you seeing that you
receive your due
In God we trust.
Awaiting your reply
Mr Johnson Eze