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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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Solomon Abina <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:19:44 +0000
Subject: WE NEED YOUR PRODUCTS.
The Supply Project Commission of Ghana (Tender Committee) has launches Her 2014/2015 Rural Development Project (R.D.P). Tender is to all eligible foreign contractors from eligible source countries as defined in the guidelines of the Ghana National Orientation Supply Commission (G.N.O.S.C).
Urgently furnish us in full details about the standard of your products.We will appreciate it more if you can give us with full detail specification/price lists to avoid making a wrong choice of products.
Terms of Payment: An upfront payment of 80% (T/T) will be made to your account for production, while 20% will be paid before shipment.Get back to me for more details.
Solomon Abina .
(R.D.P) Accredited Agent.
104 Tudu park James Town,
P.O BOX, 650 Accra Ghana.
Mobile Phone: +233 54 687 4393.
EMAIL CONTACT: email@example.com