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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:
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "NANCY NYNU" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:25:13 +0100
Subject: IMPORTANT NOTICE !!!
Greetings to you,
How are you doing today?.
We understand that through Internet is not the best way to link up with you to inform you about this notification but because of the confidentiality which our notice demands.
An official mail was sent to you earlier but no response,hence we are constrain to reach you through the Internet for more convenient communication.
This office wish to notify you through this medium that your outstanding transaction has been reviewed and the fund release order application as earlier made in your favor has been approved by the the United States Treasury after our recent meeting held in January at New York under the mandate of the new United States Government.
We are pleased to inform you that your fund have been approved to be paid to you by our firm, Guaranty Financial Incorp United States.
Kindly acknowledge our email and contact our office for arrangement on how to receive your approved fund.
Guaranty Financial Incorp United States
Contact person:Mrs Rose Betty
Tel:+1931 240 0767
Tel::+1714 710 7322
Note: We shall reveal the amount of this transaction via a telephone conversation due to email hacking crisis. Kindly respond with your current cellphone number while acknowledging this email.
We await your swift response.
Yours in Service,
Barr. Nancy Nynu
Legal Representative for Guaranty financial Incorp.
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