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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: "Mrs. Nancy Spencer" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 08:54:19 -0700
Subject: Hello dear
I know you will be surprised to read these email and apart being surprise you may be skeptical to reply me based on what is happening around the internet world as one has to be very careful because a lot of scammers are out there to scam innocent citizens like you and it has made it very difficult for people to believe anything that comes through internet but I assure you 100% REALITY.
Anyway I am contacting you in regards to this particular fund belonging to my late husband and the reason is because i need someone i can fully trust to receive the fund oversea for a profitable Investment and Charity work that will help less privilege children all over the world.
My name is Mrs. Nancy Spencer and I use to operate a non-profit charity organization here in Liverpool, UK.
I will email you the full details of my proposition once you declare your interest to work with me but if you are not interested, please ignore or delete this email and continue your daily activities.
I will anticipate hearing from you soon.
Thanks and stay bless
Mrs. Nancy Spencer