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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Dr. Desmond J.P." <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 01:36:36 +0200
Subject: ****MY SECOND MESSSAGE TO YOU****
****SECOND MESSSAGE TO YOU****
This is my second message to you and it is very personal. Please respond urgently to my direct email, which I have included in this email.
I urgently need an overseas partner to work on a business deal that will financially benefit the both of us hugely. I am a Resource Director in a reputable project financing company, based here in Johannesburg. My choice to contact you is due to your current Geographical location, which currently falls under funding project.
Please know that the success of this will depend on trust and honesty between us, where no one is disposed to cheat or sabotage the other as we are both from different part of the globe and have never met before
If you prefer other means of communication, kindly indicate and include other direct contacts viz: direct telephone , etc. in your response.
I look forward to hearing from you, so I can detail you on this.
Direct Email: firstname.lastname@example.org