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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Zita Blanc <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Zita Blanc <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 03:16:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day,
My name is Zita Blanc 18years old,the only daughter to my late parent Mr/Mrs Blanc. I am contacting you because i need you to stand as my guardian in the management of a sumÂ that my late father left for me before he died.
please I am ever ready to offer you 20% for your help,10% will be donated to the orphans like me to help the poor,then you will help me invest the balance for me in your country. Please take me like your daughter or your sister.
Attached here are my personal photos, evidence of deposit of the fund, my international passport and my late fatherâs documentation and origin of his life. I am sending all these for you to have confidence that you are dealing with a genuine person.
Please reply me as soon as you read this message and the documents so that I can know how to proceed.
Thanks and I will give you more details as soon as I hear from you.