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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: Been Documentd <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:14:16 +0100
I seek for your partnership in investing an unclaimed estate. Do not
be like the cat that seats on a hot lid, she will never seat on a hot
lid again...and that is thoughtful. But she will never seat on a cold
lid either, so only take from an experience the message learnt, and
leave the rest.
The business I bring to the table is legitimate and clean. No games,
no deceits. For your information, the estate in question is even
published on the bank's website, so you can verify for yourself.
If you are willing to partner with me on this, please signal your
interest through a return email.
I look forward to your timely response.
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