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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:
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- 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: "Patricia & Joseph Busking" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:45:19 +0300
Subject: I HAVE PERSONAL DONATION FOR YOU
Dear Sir / Madam,
This is a personal email directed to you. My wife and I won a PowerBall of $393 million jackpot on August 11, 2017 and we have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of TWO MILLION Dollar to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lots of 15-20 lucky individuals all over the world plus 15 close friends and family.
We believe that this wonderful opportunity came to us from God and we cannot keep it to ourselves alone, Your contact was submitted to us by Google Management Team and you received this email because we have short listed you as one of the lucky recipients, If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky winner and all you have to do is get back to us this email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with your particulars so that we can send your details to the pay-out bank.
You can verify this by visiting the web pages below to see our interview and send your response back to us.
And one more thing, this donation is made out to you as to enable you strengthen your personal issues and mostly to generously help us extend hands of giving to the less privilege, orphans and charity organizations within your locality.
We await your urgent response Via email email@example.com
Patricia & Joseph Busking