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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:
- "keep it confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Farida M. Waziri" <"www."@rose.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Farida M. Waziri" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:27:04 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day to you,
Desk of Mrs. Farida M. Waziri
St. Joseph Medical Center
1717 South J Street, Tacoma,
WA 98405 -USA.
Phone: (253) 948-4897
Date: 03/13/ 2017
CONFESSING MY SINS:
Good day to you,
I wishes to inform you that I had communication with my Bank ECOBANK regarding the $750,000.00 I assigned to your name as Atone for the atrocities I committed against you during my leadership as Nigeria E.F.C.C Boss and they confirmed that if transfer should be terminated as threatened by SECURITY OUTFIT due to your inability to abide by transfer due process that fund can still be converted and process via ATM Card and mail to your address along the ATM Secret Pin if only you could keep it confidential.
The question is to know if you're still interested in receiving this offer and also to know if you can be able to sort DHL cost of mailing the ATM Card to your address at receipt of package since I'm still incapacitate and cannot take such responsibility from here as I'm still laying critical ill here in ST'JOSEPH Hospital TACOMA.
Note: Until I'm able to receive your feed-back only then can my account officer Mr. Frank Iheji be advised other-wise, but in-case you have decided to forfeit the offer please you should hesitate to notify me as it ins't compulsory to claim this offer after-all. Meanwhile, I beg you remember me in your prayers as I'm waiting to undergo another heart surgery operation in couple of days and I'm scared.
Your urgent response will be appreciated.
Mrs. Farida Mzaber Waziri,
Former Nigeria (E.F.C.C) Boss
Phone: (253) 948-4897