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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Benjamin Mannix" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:41:44 +0200
Subject: Re: Response to your mail...mmmmmm
RE: NOTIFICATION OF PAYMENT!
Again, please accept our apologies for delayed payment. Payment approval has been given in your favor. So we wish to allay your fears and assure you of the final release of your fund(s). You are to respond immediately to discuss mode and schedule of payment processing. The funds shall be released within 7 working days from the moment your information is confirmed and verified; with all requisite legal payment processing completed.
Please we wish to notify and warn you of the activities of an international fraud syndicate out there, to defraud innocent/ unsuspecting beneficiaries. We must all rise up to fight against it like the present war against terror for the sake of humanity. It is now our duty to guide, guard and protect beneficiaries to ensure they do not fall into wrong hands. Please again, accept our apologies for the wrong done to you in the past. Be assured that justice will be done at this time; with funds released to you.
Kindly respond with your full details to.............................
Mr. Benjamin Mannix
Australian Un-Recovered Finance Service