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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2016 03:40:36 +0200
Subject: PEDRO QUEZADA DONATION FUND
Compliment of the day. I am Mr. Pedro Quezada a native of Jarabacoa (Dominican Republic), I won a Jackpot Lottery of three hundred and thirty eight million United States dollars ($338,000,000.00 USD) in the month of March and I and my family have decided to do God's work after having a long talk with some ministers of God and prayer sessions and voluntarily decided to donate the sum of two million United States dollars ($2.million) to you as part of our own charity project to support child safety and up bring and Improve the standard of motherless children, and aid low income parents around the world give their children quality education because I had difficulties with the support loan grant I got for my child the moment I won my Powerball Lottery, as I speak my child case is before the court.
I am doing this to tell the world that helping a child shouldn't be seen as a profitable project but be seen as charity to the needy children around the world.
If you have received this email, then you are one of the lucky recipients I saw the profile on a list of registered email addresses provided to me by Microsoft list from which I picked you.
All I want you to do is get back to me via my personal email contact; (email@example.com) with the below details of yours so that I can send your details to the payout bank because I don't have much to say about myself for I am so over excited for now.
You can verify this by visiting the web pages below.
Mr. Pedro Quezada