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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Sullivan Cromwell" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 05:17:38 -0700
Subject: MUTUAL PARTNERSHIP.
I am Mr. Sullivan Cromwell an Account and finance manager of BG Group PLC a crude Oil exploration and global energy marketing Company that is based here in United Kingdom,
I wish to seek for your assistance in a deal that will be of mutual benefit for the both of us as my foreign trustee/partner on the claim and joint utilization of some fund that is lying unclaimed in the Bank account of a foreigner who is one of the foreign contractor of this organization that died of cardiac arrest here in United Kingdom.
For effective actualization you are to forward to me the following information's;
a) Your name in full
b) your contact address in full.
b) Your confidential Mobile/cell Phone Numbers.
c) Your Telephone/Mobile numbers
d) Brief information on your profile, this should include your age, nature of Job and marital status.
Please forward the anticipated information's by return mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org, as all Arrangements are in place for a hitch free transaction.