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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.
Fraud email example:
From: JOSEPH ONYE <email@example.com>
Reply-To: JOSEPH ONYE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:37:32 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: PLEASE TRY YOUR BEST !!!
Â Good day,
Please my dear Sir / madame Â i am here to inform you that i been trying to contact you since yesterday morning first to fall my name is JOSEPH ONYE from Nigeria in AfricaÂ
I am a young boy of 24 years old. I am a standard footballer bet my problem now is that i lost my boot when i was sickness and i want you to help me like your friend through the boot, please why i want you to help me agent is that 53 community in our state have a match from December 18th to 30th 2014 and i still be-leave my leg if i go the match i will win something.Â
Please! my promise is that i will pay you back after the match immediately and God of heaven will promote you more bless in your business. am waiting to hear from you
Once again my name is JOSEPH ONYE
Call:Â +22999140076,Â +2347062530990
Thank you and remain blessing.