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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:
- "can i trust you?" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Sgt Jack Johnson, Jr" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2017 14:10:17 -0000
Subject: CAN I TRUST YOU???
CAN I TRUST YOU???
My name is Chief Master Sergeant Jack Johnson, Jr. Command Senior Enlisted Leader with the United States Coalition Force in Syria.
I have in my possession the sum of 35.5 Million (US Dollars) which I recovered during one of our raids on terrorists here in Syria, possibly funds left by Syria
Government. I did deposit the money with a Red Cross agent informing him that we are making contact for the rightful owner of the money. It is under my power to
approve whoever comes forth for this money. Further detail on this traction will be explained to you.
IF INTERESTED IN CHAMPIONING THIS DEAL PLEASE DO GET BACK TO ME:
Humbly awaiting your positive answer to my request.
Chief Master Sergeant Jack Johnson, Jr
Mobile: +1 209 248 1787 (TEXT OR CALL ME)
Direct Private Phone+44- 745-205-7102 (Inside-outside of The UK.)