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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: "Mrs.Lalita Rajbhandari(Shah)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Lalita Rajbhandari(Shah)" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:23:35 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Urgently To Proceed On This Issue
Â Good evening
I apologize for contacting you this way, but I would like you to take your time to read this message and give me a listen after, for many days of my prayers you are the only person caught my attention four what that happens to me. Indeed let me introduce myself to you i am Mrs Lalita Rajbhandari(Shah) from Nepal but I live in Burkina Faso I am a business woman that export cotton and iron in the BURKINA FASO, and I lost my husband there 3 years ago, I was much affected and I could not remarry until he told me one day that I have an illness which condemns him to certain death is the THROAT CANCER, I have a sum of $3.7m I Don't have any person I trust and honest before i death because my days are numbered because of this disease too. I will like you to use this money in my name in order to take care of destitute children, fight against the bad diseases, help poor families etc...) that is why I make a donation of this amount.
Following this I leave you I hope that you will help me while benefiting from this gift to carry out my wishes the most expensive in the world I most other options...
I am hoping to read your mail
God Bless You!