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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:
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- "million united state dollars" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Melania Trump" <"www."@mint.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Melania Trump" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:06:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: First Lady United States of America.
ATTENTION PLEASE DEAR BENEFICIARY!!!
I am ( Mrs. Melania Trump ) and I am writing to inform you about your Bank Check Draft brought back by the United Embassy from the government of Benin Republic in the white house Washington DC been mandated to be deliver to your home address once you reconfirm it with the one we have here with us to avoid wrong delivery of your check draft containing the sum of ($10.5million united states dollars) that was assigned to be delivered to your humble home address by Honorable president Donald Trump the president of this great country this week by a delivery agent ( Mr. David Morris ) I have done all the necessary arrangement in delivering of your funds containing the sum of ($10.5million united state dollars) to your home address OK.
Also reconfirm your details for the check delivery by filling the form below and send it immediately. Text or call: +1(202) 389-9383, in for verification and for prompt collection of your fund.
Fill The Form Below:
1 Beneficiary$B!G(Bs Full Name $B!D!D!D!D!D!D!D(B.
2 Sex: $B!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D(B
3 Date of Birth: $B!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D(B
4 Nationality: $B!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D(B
5 Occupation: $B!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D(B..
6 Physical Address: $B!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D(B..
7 Telephone Number: $B!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D!D(B..
8 Private E-mail Address: $B!D!D!D!D!D!D!D(B..
You check is containing the sum of ($10.5million united state dollars). Here is my number: +1(202) 389-9383, you can call me or send me an sms, but I prefer sms because I'm always busy here in white house and I can't be able to pick calls all the time. I will be waiting to hear from you immediately, thanks and God bless you.
Accept my hearty congratulation again!
( Mrs. Melania Trump )
First Lady United States of America.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, United States.