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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.
- 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 (Kimo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: western union <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: western union <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:03:16 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: CONTACT WESTERN UNION OFFICE FOR YOUR FUND/MONEY NOW.
Hope you still remember that,this your fund of (USA)$1.5M (one million five hundred thousand dollars) is long over due in our vault and by our rules and regulations, we are not authorized to keeps any fund here in our care for a long period of time,Order from above.
This office is still offering Our Last annual KIMO BONUS AWARD for the year 2014 which will end very soon to help our customers to receive their fund/money left here in this office before entering to our last project for the year 2014.
Kindly contact us for the details of sending your fund to you fast before it's late.
Contact person:Mr Gary Nelson.
CODE OF CONDUCT(505)