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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 18:29:05 -0600
Subject: Microsoft email verification
MICROSOFT EMAIL ACCOUNT VERIFICATION SECURE MESSAGE
Read your secure message by opening the pdf attachment. You will be prompte=
d to open (view) the file or save (download) it to your computer. For best =
results, save the file first, then open it.
If you have concerns about the validity of this message, please contact the=
sender directly. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Microsoft Windows Support