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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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Antonia Johnson" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 22:39:31 +0700
Subject: Acknowledge the receipt of this mail
My name is Antonia Johnson,i work with SUNTRUST BANK Texas USA.I am
writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out
this secret business opportunity in my branch office department, the deal
is that you have to stand as a next of kin to an abandoned bank account
and leave the rest to me to finish as an insider. Mostafa Abdel Aziz
Hesham, A Saudi Arabian, Foreign Oil consultant/Contractor with the
Chevron Petroleum Corporation Middle East, Asia, had a secret (fixed)
deposit bank account in twelve calendar months, which Valued at (Twenty
Five Million. United States Dollars in my branch upon maturity, after many
years not hearing from him, the bank management decided to send a routine
Email, Fax and Mailing notification to his forwarding address but got no
After months, we still sent mails and post reminder and finally we
discovered from his contract employee Director, who told the bank
management that Mostafa Abdel Aziz Hesham died in the plane crash.
I don't want you to entertain any fear in this transaction because
everything is well planed without any hitch.
If you're interested in this deal please I would like you to provide for
me with the following details below to enable me start the documentation
and transfer process immediately.
Your Full Name.............................
Direct Mobile Number ............................