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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: "Willy Jones" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 04:58:33 +0100
Subject: UKRIANE NEWS
I am Gosha Alexander, Senior adviser to a known government person here in Ukraine. If you have seen the news recently, you will know that our country has some political and economical crisis, and to get better from this situation, the new government is planning to take about huge percentage of funds from individuals and companies.
Due to this development, many people and companies have started to move away their funds from the country to trusted people and relatives, but he does not know any body away from Ukraine. So therefore, I am looking for a reliable personnel who can be trusted and willing to take care of huge amount of funds while this economic crisis are solved and your profit will be 35 percent of the whole amount which will be transferred.I wish to hear from you as soon as possible.