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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:
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "FONLIA KEUNG" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:25:06 +0200
Subject: Confirm your email address
Its a great pleasure connecting with you via your email.
Like I have promised to keep you posted once a good deal comes up in my Firm.I am sending you this mail to confirm it is your valid email address that i have received through US chamber of Commerce before I can explain further.
Please reply me if your email is correct.
I await your urgent response.
Ms. Fonlia SIM Keung
Chief Executive Officer
Corner International Investment Limited
Unit 190, 8/F Tower. 2 Cheung Sha Wan Plaza. Kowloon. Hong Kong
Tel: +852 935 50 703
Fax: +852 301 59 845