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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.Reben Maxwell" <"ACCOUNTANT."@rapid.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr.Reben Maxwell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 03:28:13 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I am Mr.Reben Maxwell the Bank Accountant here in AFRICA
DEVELOPMENT BANK, Republic of Benin.
I am Mr.Reben Maxwell the Bank Accountant here in AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK, Republic of Benin.
Your file has been in my office since last three weeks for an investigation, then after my investigation on your file I found out the cause of the delay over your payment and the reason your fund has not been released to you upon all your effort.
Sincerely to the best of my investigation and the truth of the matter this fund is existing with your name as the beneficiary of the Fund. And I went deep and found out the reason why you have not received your payment. I found out that you did not execute any contract here in Africa, win any money or inherited any Fund in Africa even in London or US.
The simple truth there is that some officials here in Africa used your name to move this Fund out of Africa to your account, and they have succeeded in getting some Document$B!G(Bs in your name as a foreigner owned by African Government, win or inherited some money here in Africa.
My main reason of contacting you now is that Since your name was among of those owned by African Government, I want two of us to finalized this deal, I will assist you and guide you on how the money will transfer directly to your account I will still guide you on how the tax will be paid and the funds will be transfer to your account, with condition that you will keep the whole secret only for two of us.
Contact me with your full information directly to my private email address at ( email@example.com )
Get back to me for more Information on how to finalize this deal with you and it is risk free.
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