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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:
- "hundred thousand us dollars" (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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: "Glory Williams." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Glory Williams." <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:08:01 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact Pastor Martins Jonas!!!
Â Hi Dearest,
How are you doing today?longest time,
I contact you once again hoping that you are well with family. This is to inform you that am now here in Scotland with my new partner who is also my fiancee, for my stay and our investment project. The said inheritance deposit I contacted you for last time has successfully been relocated to Scotland with the help of my fiancee which God sent to me. I remembered your past efforts to help me over the matter although your efforts was not enough.
Meanwhile, I find necessary to at least show you some appreciation by rewarding you because for me, you are special and your kindness to me will never be forgotten in a hurry. Therefore, I decided to give the sum of $600,000.00 (Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars) draft to you for your past effort and goodness me when I was suffering in Senegal.
Now contact Pastor Martins Jonas, to send you the draft to your address. I have given him instruction before I left and I believe that he must be waiting to hear from you to confirm that you are the right person to avoid any false claim.
His contact is address below:
Our Savior Baptist Church,
Dakar - Senegal
Pastor Martins Jonas
Tell him to send you the parcel which I left for you under his care but do not let him to know the parcel content because i did not tell him before i handed over the envelope to him. In the envelope also is one an African hand-made craft side leather sac and one African traditional hand-made jewellery.
Write to him and give your address to receive the parcel, a bank draft i issued in your name, among few other gift items i have mention above, just send me email immediately you receive it so that we shall celebrate it.
Presently, I am very very busy on feasibility studies with my fiancee on some areas of investment here in Scotland and we hope to travel to Australia for the same purpose soon, so please do not expect to be receiving my emails often.