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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Bbb Bt <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:55:10 -0500
Subject: Reply Me Quickly Please
Reply Me Quickly Please
My name is Beatrice Madu. I am 20 years old; am the only daughter of late Mr. Madu Johnson. Here in Burkina Faso, I am contacting you to help me relocate to your country. To continue my education in your country, before my father died he deposited the Sum of ($4.5Million) in a bank here and he advised me before he died to look for a faithful and reliable foreigner who can help receive the Funds in outside country and help me to relocate over there to continue my Education.
I hope you are capable to receive the 4.5 Million in your country with trust. I will like to travel to your country immediately the bank wire the funds into your account. You will take 30% of the total 4.5 Million for your good and kind assistance to me. I will send to you the full details concerning the funds immediately I hear from you.
Please make sure you contact me from this email address. For security purpose. once again, make sure you reply me through this email. firstname.lastname@example.org