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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:
- "huge amount of money" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "into your nominated bank account" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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: Gabriel Peter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:12:31 -0300
Subject: Re: Hello
I am contacting you because we have located a huge amount of money in
the international computer data system belonging to you registered
under your email address waiting to be transferred without claims. ,
we can assist you to recover the cash balance of $750,000.00 which is
being held in trust.
So , your advise to kindly forward to us the on this email::
email@example.com the bellow information
Your bank name
Your account number
Your full name
Your contact address and your telephone number so that we can order
for a direct deposit into your bank account.
On your reconfirming of the above details , we shall advice you on how
you will pay a mandatory fee of 109 EURO to enable us register and
update your detail for the transfer to be carried out into your
nominated bank account and there shall be no other up-front fees for
the transfer until the fund get to your position / bank account in
less than 48 hours .
We will not persuade you to adhere to the ethics of the institution
but it is up to you to clear this fund transfer within 7 days avoid
duplication of effort on your payment process.
Thanks you for understanding and co-operation.
with regards ,
For Global Treasures Group UK Ltd Affiliated to W A D M O .