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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: Ibrahim Cissoko <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:48:17 -0700
QATAR PETROLEUM DEPARTMENT
P.O. Box 3212, Doha, Qatar
I am Manager Finance and Account
I have $35m for Investment.
Please contact me if you are interested, I have all it will take to
move the fund to any of your account designate as a Contract Fund to
avoid every query by the authority in your Country. I sent this message
from my private e-mail; I will give you more details through my official
Email upon the receipt of your response to prove myself
Finance and Account.
Qatar Petroleum Department