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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:
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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: Miss Benedicte Pierre <"www."@aqua.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: Miss Benedicte Pierre <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:27:37 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Am Miss Benedicte Pierre
Hello Dear,Am Miss Benedicte Pierre,
I apologies for intruding into your privacy, since we don$B!G(Bt know
each other, but please pay attention and understand my
reason of contacting you Please don't be angry with me my Dear i
was browsing now and i saw your email address which
attracted my attention to write you, please write to me direct to
my email address email@example.com for me to tell
you the reason why i contacted you.
i am happy to get in contact with you after my direction to find a
nice trusted and sincere reliable friend I was motivated
to write to you after i see your contact I know that this email will
meet you in a good health and also surprised.i am here to
seek your advice of which i know that it will helps me to overcome
i am presently single girl My dearest,In your usual time, may it
please you to write me back in my email address. So that i
will explain more about myself, my details,my pictures and purpose
of writing to you. Please do not neglect a humble and
lonely heart. Trust is the foundation of every successful
friendship and relationship. Without it, the entire thing would be
non-existent. other things to come. i wait patiently to hear from
you. Thanks and remain blessed
Yours New Friend
Miss Benedicte Pierre