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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: "Neil Trotter" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:12:56 +0100
I am Neil Trotter, a 41-year-old mechanic from London and i want to notify you that you are to recieve £3 million GBP from our Euromillions prize of £108 Million GBP on the 18 day of March 2014. Your email address was submitted to me from the best web directory and search engine by legal advisers. You received this email because We have listed you as one of our 5 lucky individual to recieve this donation grant . You are advised to reply with this message on your private email address for more details on how to receive your cash grant.
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