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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- 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: ACCEPTING <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:57:31 +0100
Subject: Hopping to hearing from you soon.
I am very glad to write you this mail, my name is Mrs. Joyce Brown, I am
an Omani but have been living in West Coast GHANA for the past 40years
with my family. I am and my late husband is Gold merchant my husband
deposited money in a one of the bank here in West coast GHANA. I spend
all my life on investment and Real Estate business also. All the way I
lost my Husband (Mr. John Brown) and have no kid.
I have lived my life minding myself only, I don't know much and care
people. But last year 2015 around July, I was sent a letter of medical
checkup as my personal doctor testifies that I have lung cancer which
easily take off my life soon. I found it uneasy to survive myself
a lot of investment cannot be run and manage by me again. So I quickly
call up a prophet TB joshua my spiritual adviser to give me positive
thinking on this solution
as my adviser. He minister to me to give out this fund
to a person that will help the less privilege around the global also the
people that have HIV God to forgive me.
Contact me for more directives, and if you can still help me to
distribute money to orphanages homes in (ZIMBABWE/SRI LANKA) as you
fund Which is (US$3.300,000.00) I will be giving you more information to
you as I await your
response immediately through this email address:
Hopping to hearing from you soon.
Mrs. Joyce brown.