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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: afsheen <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:01:57 +0100
My name is Mrs Afsheen Davis, widow to late John Davis .I am suffering from
Oesophagus Cancer.Since my doctor said i can't live more than 4 months
again.I will want you to claim my funds(Twenty million Euros) and help my
only son aswell distribute part of it to the charity.The funds are in a
Finance Firm in Europe .I will give you 20% of the total fund for your
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
I wait your response for more details.
Mrs Afsheen Davis.