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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:
- "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: "Jozef Baranrowski" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:42:33 -0800
Subject: Good news,
Good news, gold 1kg from Nairobi, Kenya ready to be cargo to your address only if your ready to partnership and for the gold 1kg delivery charges at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Kenya. So you will send the delivery cost directly to the customs inspector officer 750$ to secure yellow tag that covers the non inspection to enable easy delivery of the gold 1kg to your address. The local miners want to know if they can really trust you.
As soon as you confirm your willingness and capable to handle the gold delivery with open mind. I want you to contact the gold owner directly;
Community Mining Group
Name: Jean Bosco Butukondole
Please I don't want you to betray the family that owned the gold after selling the gold you give them proper account and share profit with them accordingly. They will use this first trial shipment to test your capability and based on your performance they will send the second gold shipment 10kg.