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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 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 (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: sejas martinez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:32:20 +0000
Subject: From Sejas Martinez to you NEXT OF KIN please urgent
I am a Rechtsanwaeltin here in Spain and I need your Assistance with repatriation of $ 13.5 million , deposited by a Customers who died with his entire family here in Spain.
All effort to find members of his family were unsuccessful, so am contacting you base on this to stand as the next of kin, I give you more information on your response to this Suggestion. Send me email; email@example.com so I can explain you in details.
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