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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:
- "million united state dollars" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Capt Scott " <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:46:29 -0700
Subject: How are you doing today.
Dear Partner and Friend.
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may offend you personality for contacting you without your prior consent and writing through this channel.
I am Captain Scott Johnston a Navy medical physiologist, working with NATo peace keep mission, here in Afghanistan. I am searching for a reliable man or woman to help me move some huge funds of about $10.7 Million United State Dollars from here to his or her location( Country), because I am at the base and can not do anything from here, due to my location and nature of Job.
If your are interested to partner wiyth me,get back to me with your details as follow below.
Please Respond to me via my private email:
I assure you there will no disappointment and nobody will get hurt.