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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.
- 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: "Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II" <"www."@titan.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 19:24:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I am directed by the Holy spirit to contact you
I am directed by the Holy spirit to contact you because i believe you are the right one that will serve this purpose for
me.AM diagonalized by the specialist that am effected with cancer of the Blood and i was admitted in hospital at South
Korea for about 7 months now,
starting from November 2015 till date . i was diagnosis cancer of the blood patient as i said before ,and am sorry to say
this am just waiting for the date of my death, Am happy that some one like you still exist in this wicked earth. I have
prayed to God to direct me to an honest PERSON who will receive and inherit all my money $55.9million usd and utilize it for things that
will glorify the name of God and take care of my only Adopted child Nancy.who will be 8 years old now , after my prayers,i
decided to make a random search that makes me to come across your email / profile , and i make up my mind to contact you in respect
of of this Help. (email@example.com)
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
civil rights leader from North Carolina