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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Teresa Adona <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Teresa Adona <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:20:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello dear
Hello dear Sir / Madam
I am mrs.Teresa Adona 60 years old widow, my husband and I worked with (London Premier Oil) here in london before he died a year ago.
I am writing you this message on my sick bed at the hospital where I am undergoing medical treatment I have been diagnosed of Endometrial cancer, unfortunately for me my doctor said I do not have any chance to survive, except by a miracle. I have spent a lot of money on medical treatment yet no improvement.
I want you to stand as Beneficiary to my £ 2.5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand pounds) donation to support the vulnerable, less privileged children and widows by building orphanages in your country so if you are willing and capable to receive this fund please I will like you to contact me urgently with this inoformations below:
1. Your full name ......
2. Home or office address ....
3. Home or office telephone .....
4. Occupation ............
5. Country ..............
6. Age / Status ............
Best regards Teresa Adona