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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs. Sonia Davies <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:47:18 -0400
I (SONIA DAVIES) won a Jackpot of £61Million UK Pounds fortune in Euro Millions Jackpot L o t t e r y in August 2016.
After seeking financial advice from my legal counsel with my pastor who advised to donate 10% of our lottery winnings to people as a tithe and thanksgiving.
I have now decided to fulfill the promise I made to donate the sum of £1,000,000(One Millions Great Britain Pounds) each to 10 unknown lucky people as part of my charity project to improve the lives of these lucky individuals from around the world.
Fortunately, if you receive this automated email transmission which was electronically selected as beneficiary of this giveaway then you are one of the 10 lucky recipients to receive £1,000,000.00(One Millions Great Britain Pounds). All you should do is to contact my attorney In-Charge BARRISTER Barry Dominic via E-mail with the following information below for fund release from my paying bank.
Barry & Associates
Email: b.dominicassociates@ g m a i l . c o m
Telephone: +44 741 842 7627
We also thought this was a scam when we won but we stood by ourselves and prayed to God almighty. Please see the link below.
Kindly send the details information below when contacting my attorney in-charge:
(1). FULL NAME:
(3). TEL NUMBER:
(4). Date of Birth:
Contact my attorney with REF NUMBER: SD/2017/QR919/17
Mrs. Sonia Davies