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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: "Rev.Dr.Edward Carlos" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 03:56:04 -0700
Subject: Dear Confidant reply and call for more details +229-97036377
Dear Confidant reply and call for more details +229-97036377
I am Rev.Edward Carlos,an Executor of the Will of Late Bishop Benson
Idahosa,he stipulated in his will that some certain amount of money should
be given to some churches,christains or Good-Samaritans who have shown
their zeal and will for the propagation of the Gospel.As an executor of
the Will,After his death i have conducted a search and made money
available to those listed in the will,but up till now about 20 of them
have not come up to collect their funds either they are dead or cannot be
traced till this day.The total amount is $14.500.000.usd
I am contacting you to stand as one of the beneficiaries so that the funds
that have not be claimed ,can be paid to your name and we shall share the
fund in agreeable ration of 45% for you, 5% for any expenses that may
occure if any while 50% will be mine all informations and prove related to
this fund is with me as an executor of the will to be provided when
If you have accepted to work with me with this ration kindly send to me
your required information below,
1.Your Full Name.
2.Your Age .
3.Your Current Phone/mobile Number .
4.Your Occupation,and your contact Address .
5. A scan copy of your international ID or Driver Lisence.
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