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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Kevin Achimota" <"kevin."@honey.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr.Kevin Achimota" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:44:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Can I Trust You ??.
Good day to you.
With due respect, i apologize you for this sudden message, it was due to the urgency of this transaction made me to seek for your immediate assistance. I hope that you will not expose or betray this trust.
I am Mr.Kevin Achimota, a banker with position of the Interim Manager with (BANK OF AGRICULTURE- BOA) I want to invite you to handle this business because i will be going on retirement soon Please there is an abandoned sum of (â¬18.600.000.00 Euros ) i want to transfer to a foreign account before i step down from this position by the end of this October 2017.
Would you be interested to assist me with any account to received this amount without delay?. The mode of sharing will be 50/50, let me know your willingness for more details.
Kindly send me your information as stated bellow :
1. Your Full Name:__________________
5. Age :________________________
7. Occupation _____________________
I am waiting for your reply as soon as possible through here>> firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
Have a nice day.
The Interim Manager
contact +229 688 113 95