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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: MRS HADJI KAYLA MORNI MOHD <email@example.com>
Reply-To: MRS HADJI KAYLA MORNI MOHD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:52:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings, From Mrs Kayla Morni Mohd
Hello My Partner,
How are you doing today? It has been long since i heard from you although i lost my email account and some of our correspondent has wipe out. I have try so many time to reach you but your email address keep bouncing back. I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting my money transfer under the cooperation of a New partner (Mr.Carlos Ortiz) from Peru South American.I write a bank check total sum of (US$450,000.00) for you, in the hand of my lawyer in Cambodia, reply back for more details.
I am waiting now.
Mrs Kayla Morni Mohd