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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 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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Alicia Gomez" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Alicia Gomez" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 04:06:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good Day,
I got your e-mail address contact through your country's information Exchange on line while you are asking ask you for your assistance in this urgent matter what this trust, confidentiality because you might receive this message in your Inbox, Junk / Spam folder.
I was married to Mr. Jorge Alberto Gomez, my husband worked with Chevron / Texaco in Kuwait for twenty years before before died My name is Mrs. Alicia Gomez I saw you and cooperate with me in this proposition. On Wednesday July 24, 2013 during I want you to take 40 percent of the $ 10,500,000.00 USD for your personal use while 60% of the money will go to to Charity "people in the street and helping the orphanage.
I have decided to donate this through to the stroke and cancerous problems have been strified from. I want you to use my husband effort to fund the upkeep of widows and charities worldwide.
I took this decision because I did not have a child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband hard earned money to be misused, so In Faith I have decided to this this For GOD as I Await your urgent reply,
With God all things are possible.
Mrs. Alicia Gomez