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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR. Collins Williams" <"osfukino."@extra.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "MR. Collins Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:47:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: DELIVERY OF YOUR CHECK DRAFT!!!
CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAR!!!
I am Mr Collins Williams The White House Delivery Agent and I am written to inform you
about your Bank Check Draft brought by the United Embassy from the government
of Benin Republic in the white house Washington DC
The Check Have Been Mandated to be deliver to your address as soon as you get
back to me with The Following Details
YOUR FULL NAME:
YOUR HOME ADDRESS:
YOUR HOME/MOBILE TEL NUMBER:
NEAREST AIRPORT CLOSE TO YOU:
Right now am at Washington Dulless international airport with your check draft.
Call Or Message Me Once You Read Off My email +1(973)810-1300
thanks For Your Understanding.