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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: "Ms.Lisa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:03:41 +0200
Subject: Let me Know...
Greetings to you. I know that you may be asking why you? Because we did
not know each other before. But i got your contact by searching through
the website,before i decided to contact you and I have email you
earlier, without Ur response..
My name is Ms.Lisa Vuka,An insurance Broker. My reason of writing you,is
because I am looking for a reliable &Trustworthy person that I can
present to my insurance company as the Business Partner/next of kin of
a deceased client,To help claim his unclaimed US$3.3M life insurance
cover,Thereafter we can share it.
IF YOUR INTERESTED, Reply for more info.