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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 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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million pounds" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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 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: "Mr. Neil Trotter Charity Foundation Fund(s)"
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:45:55 -0700
Subject: Dear Beloved!
You might be surprised because we have not met before and am afraid
many things are going on now the internet, but this is the only way I
can thank God for what he has done for me and my family, and also to
help others. My name is Neil Trotter the current winner of Â£108 million
Pounds on the just concluded Euromillion Jackpot Draw 2014. I have
decided to give One Million Pounds (Â£1,000,000.00 GBP) each to 10 people
around the world and luckily your email was given to me by Google
management as one of our lucky recipients after the balloting.
Congratulations to you and your Family.
Please visit: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-26627075, for
more information and reply with your,
Residential Address and
Cell Phone number to;
Mr. Raymond Pascal Morgan
Mr. Neil Trotter.
God Bless You.