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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Captain.Jennifer Menard" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:13:24 +0200
Subject: PLEASE IS AN URGENT RESPONSE
It is indeed my pleasure to write you this letter, which I believe will be a surprise to you as we have never met before, and I am deeply sorry if I have in any manner disturbed your privacy. Please forgive this unusual manner to contact you, but this particular letter is of exceptional and very private nature. There is absolutely going to be a great doubt and distrust in your mind in respect of this email, coupled with the fact that, so many individuals have taken possession of the Internet to facilitate their deeds, thereby making it extremely difficult for genuine and legitimate business class persons to get attention and recognition. There is no way for me to know whether I will be properly understood, but it is my duty to write and reach out to you.
Please, I want to introduce myself and this business opportunity to you. My name is Captain.Jennifer Menard, an officer in the us army, and also brigade,based at Fort Drum New York,presently serving in the military with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division for peace keeping force currently deployed in Afghanistan.I wish to know if we can work together in an investment project which I want to embark upon in your country.
If you are interested and willing to assisting me with the safe keeping of two Military Foot Locker Trunk Chest which i will be concluding with the delivery company on your behalf,you do let me know so that I can give you comprehensive details. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. Should you be interested and willing to help Kindly complete your detail below:
1. Your full name:..........................
2. Your occupation/position in office:..........................
3. Your date of birth:........
4. Marital status:.............
6. Your full contact addresses (Home/office):
7. Your International passport photo ID :.............
8. Your private telephone/fax:...............
I urgently hope to get your response as soon as possible.