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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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Joanne Eriksson" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 05:41:09 +0200
I am Mrs Joanne Eriksson from Sweden. I was married to Late Johnston Eriksson .The C E O Veekrol Link Ltd London U.k,a seasoned contractor in
E n g l a n d. He died on Monday, 31 July,2009 in Paris. We were married for eleven years without a child.
After his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.When my late husband was alive,he deposited the sum of $7.5M
in a B a n k as a security depositin England,which is now wasting there
My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the B a n k, for them to process the and t r a n s f e r the f u n d s to you.
Mrs Joanne Eriksson