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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- eurekaprinciple consultant,esqtel;+228 97792624email;firstname.lastname@example.org * (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Hon. Kodjo Eureka" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:28:36 +0000
Subject: Please My Dear,
*Please My Dear,I have contacted you to assist me, in recovering the fund
valued at USD7,500,000 left behind by my late client in his account before
it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Security Finance Firm
where this amount were deposited.I am writing to you following an
opportunity in my position that will be of great benefit to us.All I will
require from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this
transaction through Asap. Please reply me directly on my private email ID,
for more clarifications. Regards,Hon. Kodjo EurekaPrinciple