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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: western wu13 <email@example.com>
Subject: Cancelled: URGENT ATTENTION @ Monday, 20 November 2017
"URGENT ATTENTION" has been
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
04:00 AM to 05:00 AM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
This is my second time I am sending you this notification, simply contact Diplomat eric done .. with your contact information and your nearest airport to land, so that he can deliver the Package worth ($2.5 Million USD) as he just landed in your country now but misplaced your information, he will give you more details when you re-confirm details. Your personal code to the box is XLA21492014SD, and the color is silver. NB indicate this code to the diplomat Mark Williams, so that he can know that you are the rightful owner of the box.
Contact him with the information listed below
Reconfirm your current information as requested below
Direct phone number.......
Greetings MY Dearest In The Lord
Please I know this may come to you by surprise ,because you do not know me, I need your assistance that is why I am writing you, it is my desire of going into relationship with you. I am Mrs. Alla Babayeve i am a Farmer/gold and diamond dealer
I am a merchant of Russia nationality but presently residing in Kenya. I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. i am currently admitted in a privet hospital,and I have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr. Johnson Adams Babayeve, the sum of US$3.500.000 which he deposited in BANK Here and I need a very honest and The Lord fearing Christian that can use this funds for The Lord work and 20% out of the total funds will be for your compensation for doing this work of The Lord
I found your email address from the internet and decide to contact you. Please if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's work kindly reply me Thank you and May The Lord bless you.
Your Sister In The Lord
Mrs. Alla Babayeve