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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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: "JOHNSON" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:47:32 +0100
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION
My Dear Friend
I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred to the cooperation with the new partner of Panama Currently,I'm in Panama for investment projects with my own share of the total amount that I invest in real estate business.
Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it is not for us, like some.
Now contact my pastor in Accra, Ghana, through their contacts, as described below, and ask them to send you the amount of $450,000 U.S. dollars (US$450,000.00), which I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this question.
REV.PASTOR Joeshua Kweku.
St.Peters Anglican Church of England.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So do not hesitate and contact with the pastor and instruct him where to send the Visa ATM Card to you.
Please let me know immediately you receive, so that we can share the joy after all the suffering at that time. At this point, I am very busy here for the investment projects which I and my new partner, having at hand.
And finally, remember that I have instructed the pastor on your behalf to get it International Visa ATM Card , so do not hesitate to contact the pastor Rev:Joeshua Kweku., he will send to you the Visa ATM Card without any delay.
I wish you a happy time of life.
Your daily thoughts
YOUR TRUE FRIEND JOHNSON