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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447087629649 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- kindly reply me through this my private email: (email@example.com). for more details about this transaction. if your (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 03:31:05 -0400
Subject: From Mrs. Olivia Morgan !!
Hello My Dear
Before I start, I must firstly apologize for this unsolicited proposal to you. I am aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach for starting business a relationship, Please accept my sincere apologies if my email does not meet your business or personal ethics. But as time goes on you will realize the need for my action.I am Mrs Olivia Rita Morgan, a senior staff with a reputable bank. I have only written to seek your indulgence and assistance. I wish to make a deal of a transfer involving the sum of $50,000,000.00.(FIFTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY). a fixed deposit account, Be informed that this transaction is 100% total risk free: and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act.
I am proposing to make this transfer to a designated bank account of your choice. Thus, i need your indulgence and support; i promise to offer you 50% of the total amount, while 50% for me. after the transfer has been successfully concluded. Kindly reply me through this my private email: (firstname.lastname@example.org). for more details about this transaction. if your interested and honest make sure you reply me with this email:(email@example.com). I shall furnish you with the more details.
Thanks and God bless.
Mrs. Olivia Rita Morgan,
Phone:+44 70 8762 9649