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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: REV SISTER MARY THOMAS <"www."@adagio.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: REV SISTER MARY THOMAS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 13:08:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good Day My Daer ,Beloved From Sister Mary Thomas Date 07/8/2017
Good Day My Daer ,Beloved From Sister Mary Thomas Date 3/8/2017
I am Reverend Sister Mary Thomas from st Mary Catholic Church here in LONDON UK, it's very pathetic that we lost Rev. Father Clement Sandy of st Mary Catholic Church.Late Rev.Clement Sandy is an American and also an orphan but nationalized in st Mary Cathedral,
Late Rev.Father Clement Sandy died on 5th August 2016 and before he died,he made a will and instructs me to contact you on your email when he died as the next of kin of the fund as his spirit direct him.I am glad to inform you that late Rev.Clement Sandy made you the beneficiary of his will a sum of $6,500,000.00 USD. through your e-mail address, you might be wondering how late Rev.Father Clement Sandy made you the beneficiary of his will.
Late Rev.Father Clement Sandy made a random sampling of many people's e-mail addresses by the help of Microsoft international firm and among the people e-mail addresses, yours came out as a draw and this is how late father Clement Sandy made you the beneficiary of his will and instruct that you can only be informed when he pass on and memorial service Completed.
Now for you to claim your fund forward the details below to me via thisemail(email@example.com) so I can forward it to the Doncaster Finance and Securities,International Payment Center ,for the release of your funds.
Private phone number.
Copy Of Your ID.
Best regards & God bless you.
Reverend Sister Mary Thomas.