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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mark Schneider" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:24:48 -0500
Subject: CONTACT HIM NOW!!
Good day., i am Mark Schneider the secretary in charge of fund release department united nations Europe/America., we are trying all possible best to make sure all unpaid beneficiary receive there unpaid funds.as a result of theongoing compensation scheme, various means to reach you have proved abortive, and a box of money worth $2,700,000 have been given to my
diplomat Andrew Louis,but i let him know this box contain film material that he is to deliver it to your home address and he should deliver it to my client, i don't want him to know its huge sum because of trust and security purpose.
contact him now with the following information to deliver the boxes to your home address
Mobile /telephone no:
Note: you are to provide him with this code 667jva,The code is specified for security reason..