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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: Mrs Joy Adama <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Mrs Joy Adama <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 19:45:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dearest in the Lord
Dearest in the Lord,
My name is Mrs. Joy Adama. I am a nationality of Kuwait reside in my adoptive country Cote DâIvoire. I have a donation which I want to handle over to you that what 3.5 millions us dollars. However before I handle over the project to you for the glory of Godâs work. I would like you to provide to me your full data as it was requested below here.
Your home addressâ¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
Your country of nationalityâ¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
Your Sex Male or Female â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
However this is to know whom I am handling over my project into his or her hand since I am ill, and my husband is late. And I can assure you that this divine project is 100 %
free risk without any hitch and I will be waiting to hear from you. As soon as you received this mail.
Thanks your sister in Christ
Mrs. Joy Adama