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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: "Mr Kone Ado" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:03:28 -0800
Subject: Dear, Very Urgent
I am Mr. Kone Ado, the principal treasury officer with one of the prime banks in Ivory Coast. I have a business proposal which will be of mutual benefit to us. Our bonafide customer died years ago leaving no next of kin behind , he is from your country and i am making this contact to you because you have same last name with the deceased and our branch has served a notice about this fund, therefore i want you to stand as the deceased relative for the fact that you have same name with the deceased so that we can move the fund to your account to avoid confiscation.
Reply immediately if you are interested for more clarification about this fund.
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