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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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Agent Dr nelson Udo" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:30:51 -0800
Subject: We have registered your master ATM card of ($8.5millionUSD)
We have registered your master ATM card of ($8.5millionUSD) through
DHL Delivering department after our finally meeting regarding your
fund, All you will do is to contact DHL Delivering Service director
Dr. nelson call +2348147681906 He will give you direction on how you
will receiver your ($8.5millionUSD) Remember to send him your Full
information to avoid wrong Delivering such as,
Your Name:_____ W________
Address: ______ ________
Country: _______W ____
Phone Number: __________
Contact Agent Dr nelson,
Email::( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Give him a call on Phone:: +2348147681906
Ask Dr. nelson what you need to do for them to deliver your Package
fund to you immediately.
Dr.nelson (IMF SPEAKER