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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: "Tico Trading Company Ltd" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:48:14 +0200
Ich habe gerade das Geld zu zahlen auf Ihr Bankkonto noch heute und der Einzahlungsschein haben fertigen mit Ihrer E-Mail gewesen. [Hier klicken
], und melden Sie sich an Ihre E-Mail-Adresse, damit sie angezeigt und best?tigen Sie mir, wenn die ?berweisung in die richtige Bankkonto vorgenommen und sich wieder auf mich dringend.
I have just paid the money into your bank account today and the payment slip have been customize with your email. [ Click Here
] and sign in your email address to view it and confirm to me if the Transfer was made into the right bank account and get back to me urgently.
Tico Trading Company Ltd