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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: Gladys Otoo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 10:00:04 +0000
It might surprise you to receive this message today from me, even when
we have not meet for the first time. Well, I believe that everything
starts one day, that is why I summoned courage to contact you today
after my prayers which my pastor advised me to do so that I will be
connected to the right person.
I am a widow with a son who is 7 years old, though I will send you my
picture later once I receive your confirmation. Pressure from my
family has compelled me to seek for your assistance.
Can you help me receive $5.5 Million in your account, this money is
for investment into real estate, I don't want to lose this fund as
pressure on me with life threatening is becoming unbearable.
Since the death of my husband, his brothers have been seriously
chasing me around with constant threats, trying to suppress me so that
they might have the documents of his landed properties and confiscate
Have mercy on me because you're in a better position to assist me,
though we have not met before, but I must inform you that there is no
single cause for alarm, please help just because of your love for
humanity, my body temperature is high as I am sending this mail
because of my present situation.
I don't want to die or lose my son because of hard environment. I will
give you more details if you accept.
We shall discuss your commission when you reply. You can call me on:
From. Madam .Gladys Otoo.....â