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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:
- "western union" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Western Union money transfer is completely untraceable and therefore is *not* safe to use with anyone you do not know personally. It is the preferred method of online criminals to collect money from their victims.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: "Mr.Carol Mark" <"qq5247bd."@vanilla.ocn.ne.jp>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2017 16:51:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I have deposited your check with the Bank Contact the Manager
KINDLY CONTACT western union AGENT Dr. David Elise NOW.
I have deposited your check to the Western Union office here and we agreed with Western Union office to paid your funds to you, so all you have to do is this Reconfirm your address, Your Full name, Your Telephone Number,Your Occupation, also Your Age, so right now All you have to Do is to contacting this office reply here (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will Give you direction on how you will start receiving the funds daily. My Agreement with Western Union office here is $7000USD per a daily until the whole of your total funds of $4.5MILLION is completed to you again,
I want to let you know that Mrs.LINDA Ude said that you have sent her to claim the fund on your Behalf that you have dead or are you alive? And also she forwarded us her Information where the money will be transferred to her, are you A where of that? Call Dr.David Else immediately you receive the message now for your first Payment of $7000USD today because the first Payment of $7000USD is ready to be sending to you today call him at Direct Line: +229-99592737 now to avoid mistakes like Transferring the first payment to a wrong person We are waiting to receive the information soon. Reply here (email@example.com) Email them with above address;
Fill in the required blanket bellow with your current information to avoid
Your name:. . . . . . .
Your current address:. . . . . . .
Your country:. . . . . . . . . .
Direct phone number:. . . .
the contact person is Dr. David Elise with phone number; +229-99592737.
Please we required it very urgent and correct.
Contact E_mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org}