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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: BETTY JAMES <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:24:00 +0100
Subject: VERY URGENT
i am BETTY JAMES, sorry my message appear on your spam or junk this due to
an internet problem in my country, last month, But when i meet a friend
that introduce me to
Dr EZEMU the great messenger to the oracle that he serve,I narrated my
problem to Dr EZEMU about how my ex love left me and also how i needed
to get a job in a very big company.He only said to me that i have come
to the right place were i will be getting my heart desire without any side
effect.He told me what i need to do,After it was been done,In the next 2
days,My love called me on the phone and was saying sorry for living me
before now and also in the next one week after my love called me to be
pleading for forgiveness,I was called for interview in my desired company
were i needed to work as the managing director..I am so happy and
overwhelmed that i have to tell this to the entire world to contact Dr
EZEMU he can help to cure HIV/AIDs or related illness, cure low sperm
count, cure infertility, help get your money from spammers and internet
fraudsters, Bring back lost lover even if lost for a long time, Remove bad
spells from homes, business & customer attraction etc. Get promotion you
have desired for a long time at work or in your career, get a good job,
Remove the black spot that keeps on taking your money away, Find out why
you are not progressing in life and the solution, Eliminate inter family
fights, Ensure excellent school grades even for children with mental
disabilities, Stop your marriage or relationship from breaking apart,
destroy and can send back the Nikolai (water spirit, sleepless night, up
presses by wicked powers,) if requested, heal barrenness in women and
disturbing menstruation, Get you marriage to the lover of your dreams in
life, he can help you with the power to do anything you want . it takes 24
hours to get it 100% guaranteed to work in fact SAME DAY RESULTS.contact him
at the following email address and get all your problems solve..No problem
is too big for him to solve..Contact him
directly on: firstname.lastname@example.org and get your problems solve like
me..... ONCE AGAIN HIS EMAIL ADDRESS email@example.com