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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ado Kwame" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 09:57:51 -0700
I feel good dealing with you after i went through your profile on the
internet, I am Mr. Ado Kwame from Ghana West Africa. A customer of our
bank who may related to you (perhaps) from your country died two years ago
with a heart problem leaving behind an amount of $15,700,000.00 (Fifteen
Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in a prime bank
where I work as a Branch Manager. Till date nobody has come forward or put
an application for the claim.
During the bank general searched recently for the late gentle man
relatives, your name and email contact was among the finding names that
matches the same surname of the deceased (name WITH HELD for security
reason) who died interstate with no Will or next of kin. To maintain the
Level of Security required, I intentionally Left out the Final details.
I urge you to Come forward Since I can Provide to you with the details
needed for you to claim the Amount so that we can Share it among Our
Selves, in this Way 40% for you and 60% for me and vetting Bank Head
Officer who will do all the Crucial Part in the Bank to have the Fund
Release to you promptly. To AFFIRM your willingness and Co-operation.
Please kindly reply me through this email: email@example.com
Mr. Ado Kwame
Grimaldi Ghana Ltd
Tel: +233 303214091-4
Fax: +233 030214095