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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "calvary greetings" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: From REV Bishop Jim Johnson <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:48:03 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend
Calvary greetings in the name of Jesus and May the lord God be with
you Amen. I Am Bishop Joshual King, i am here in the respect of
investment and 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,Christians 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 Bishop Benson Idahosa have
conducted a search and made money available in Will of Late Bishop
Benson Idahosa to those listed in the Will, but up till now about 20
of them have not come up to collect their money funds either they are
dead or cannot be traced till this day. The total amount is
$14.500.000.00 MILLION DOLLARS.
Please i want to invest this money in your country,in any profitable
investment such at building of company properties / widows,motherless
home and poor people etc. but the problem is that i don't have
relative or friends that can welcome me or show me some places when i
come over to your country for this investment Will. Please i want you
to be my
friend so that you can help me once i come over to your Country and i
will pay you for your service,work or time you waste for me.
If you have accepted to work with me with this ration kindly send to
him your required information below Via email;
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 License.
REV Bishop Jim Johnson
N/B, Send him contact for the claim Via; firstname.lastname@example.org
My phone number: +22967901823