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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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 friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Peter J . Douglas" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:27:40 -0600
Subject: Your bank draft is ready !!!
Peter J Douglas Engineering Ltd,
Grosvenor Court, Wheelhouse Road
Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1LH
I am Peter J Douglas engineering contractor that work mostly with Big Companies Like(Brookfield Multiplex, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, Davis
Langdon) And more and do work abroad too , I got involved in one contract in Texas which my payment was refused, I was down and almost
lose hope. After 2 years of this contract I later talked to God to assist me in getting this money.
I made a vow to benefit someone with the sum of $1,000,000.00 as a tithe payment if my payment could be approved and to my surprise I was
called upon by the United State Government in conjuction with the IRS sometimes last month that my contract file have been looked into and
it is ready for payment.I never believed it until I was advised by my Pastor and later moved down to USA and to my unbelievable surprise I
was paid this money.
Due to my pledge to God I have agreed to show the person that i will be sending the $900,000.00 through ballot system on the internet which
happened to be your email so you are lucky.
What you have to do now is to get in touch with my secretary Mr Robert Dennis and instruct him on how to send your $1,000,000.00 Bank draft to
BELOW IS THE CONTACT OF MY SECRETARY
Mr Robert Dennis
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: (910) 518-0150
Send to my secretary your contact address and telephone number,let him
make arrangement for the shipment of your draft to your doorstep and
also you can give him a call to confirm your address.
What I want you to believe now is that this is the opportunity which
God have promised
you this year so it is better you have it in time before it goes again
from you so contact my secretary in time.And for your information
presently i am in the United Kingdom for another contract so i want
you to go into prayer with me for the success of this contract.
With Best regards,
Peter J Douglas