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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: "Miss Thelma Williams" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 09:27:42 -0800
Subject: Please Reply Immediately
My name is "Miss Thelma Williams", i'm from Senegal but i base here in USA. I got your reliable contact from your countrys Chamber of Commerce Directory. I have a proposal for you regarding my life and inheritance worth about ($7.7 Million), which my late Parents left behind for me. Please I want you to help me move these money to your good country and invest it for me until i gets the age of (37years), according to my late Parent's instruction to the Bank.
The money is Deposited in US-Bank, so i believe that "God" would touch your heart to help me move these money to your Account because my Uncle's are fighting me and they are trying their best to take these money away from me. Please help me with the best way you can to help me secure these money till am up to age, as instructed by my late Father. I have attached copy's of my Pictures and Passport for your reference. I need your urgent response on next step if you are willing to help me. I will need your full name, address and also your mobile number for easy communications.
Thank you and God bless you!
Miss Thelma Williams