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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:
- "registration fee" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "i will advice you " (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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Rosemary Frank."<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:30:45 -0700
Subject: Federal government development grant support.
Good day, how are you doing today and your family, am mrs Rosmary frank, If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, first i will love to ask you if know about FGDG?..
FGDG is a Federal government development grant support. Its a type of program set by the federal government to help the citizens who need assistance paying for bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school or even helping to raise children with both old and retired people. Similar to the Obama phone program.Havent you heard about it yet? Its really a good program i even thought its a joke at first when a friend told me about it not until i applied and got $150,000 delivered to me and my friend also got her check 2days ago from them.
Note: you will only charge for registration fee, though when i applied i did not pay any fee because then it was still free of registration not untill populations of people start applying, i will advice you to try your luck and see if they will accept you, contact the email address below if your interested, it still on...
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
Mrs Rosemary Frank