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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:
- "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 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: " United Nation" <"www."@alpha.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: " United Nation" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:33:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: United Nation
United Nation and World Bank in collaboration with
Ikorodu Road, Plot 71
New Lugbe Zone AO,
Central District, U S A .
This is to inform you that your long awaiting fund has been
approved to be delivered to you in Good faith. We must say we are really sorry
for the delay .We have been working very hard to come up with propermoralities
of making the delivery to you and we have come to a final conclusion from our
last meeting that you are going to receive your FUND through ATM CARD
containing your overdue payment worth $4,800,000.00. Which will bedelivered to
Reconfirm the following information to Mr.DAVID G BENNER proceeds
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Address:
3. Your Phone N
4. Your Occupation:
5. Your Age:
Mr.DAVID G BENNER will be waiting to hear from you
urgently. Remember this is where you send the information to him
Yours in Service,
Mr.DAVID G BENNER