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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: BARTHOLOMIEU AKAKPO <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:53:01 +0000
My name is Mr BARTHOLOMIEU AKAKPO from republic of Togolese a lawyer to late Anatoly Evstigneev, he is from federation of Russia, he deposited some amount of money in the bank before he died in a cancer illness worth of ($13.3 Million USD) we will share the money 60% for me and 40% for you, if you are interesting let me know, because the bank called me that they will confiscate the money that is why i am contacting you , for more details you should do all possible best to call me if you are interesting with the below telephone number even if you do not speak English. And also reply me directly with the below email address
27, rue Maréchal Bugeaud
Tel:00 228 97166928
Reply me directly here: firstname.lastname@example.org