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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: " Mr Andy lau" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 17:30:15 +0100
Subject: Re: Reminder regarding my last email
On Fri, 08 Jan 2019 7:43 GMT, We noticed a request to blocked from sending
and receiving emails from Yahoo account. Which your account will be closure
in response of your complaint received by your Administration.
If this was you, Kindly Unblocked!
DEPARTMENT OF Payment
Reg File # O4938H2
We are still waiting for you to clear your compensation payment, an official of yours contacted us claiming that you are currently hospitalize as a result of a car accident,
he has send us an account he declared that you have authorize him to collect the fund on your behalf A notification was sent to your home address on the 30th April 2017 ,
for us to get a copy of the authorization document you gave to him so we can confirm before we make the transfer (we need your attention immediately.)