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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: "Mr. Martins Chapman" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:46:05 +0100
Subject: Mr. Martin Chapman
Can you permit me to push 17Million GBP (SEVENTEEN MILLION BRITISH POUND STERLING) into your personal or company's bank account for our mutual benefits? 10% of the total fund goes to you as your compensation.
I need the following information/details from you:
1. Your full names:
2. Your residential address:
3. Your company's address:
4. Address of your company:
5. Your position in the company:
6. Your cell phone number:
7. How old are you?:
8. A scanned copy of your identity such as your international passport or drivers' licence etc:
NOTE: THIS FUND CAN BE LOADED INTO AN ATM MASTER CARD AND DELIVERED TO YOU UNDER A VERY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT TOO. IT'S VERY EASY AND SIMPLE.
Mr. Martin Chapman
Port of London
London River House
Royal Pier Road
Gravesend, DA12 2BG