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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:
- ",000,000" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Kalyna Andrew" <"www."@topaz.ocn.ne.jp>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:19:45 -0800
Subject: Hello,please reply me
Im Kalyna Andrew Supre, the wife to Geert Supre,
a regional finance director in europe for Vanguard Logistics Services in Antwerp died untimely
in an Egypt Air crash of 2016.
You can view this web site for your perusal to find the name of my late husband.
Im from Belgium, I lost my husband few months ago and I have been living with the pain till date.
We are hospitable people and decided to serve mankind to the best of our ability.
Since the death of my husband Geert I have lived with the memories,
fighting effortlessly to live a normal life but all to no avail.
I suffered psychologically and shortly was diagnosed of Cancer.
I write to you, having sourced your address from a database in my late husbands
internet dozier after fervent prayers. Before his death,
my family had a joint account and deposited the sum of $45,000,000
with a security firm in USA. The purpose of this email is to propose
an i n v e s t m ent purposes.
Kind reply me if your interested