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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 "dying merchant" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "PAUL SAM" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: < email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:47:46 -0700
Subject: Enebcrkrattet 16
Hrje Taastr. 2633 Taastrup
Tel: +45 8988 5977
Fax: +45 8987 8601
Good day, First let me apologize if this email does not suit your business or personal ethics. I am Paul Sam.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer and I am currently undergoing treatment in Denmark.
It has defiled all forms of medical treatment and now I have a few months to live and I want you to help me distribute my funds to charities. If you are Interested please mail me back for more detailed information.
Your immediate response to my direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org will be appreciated