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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 Elizabeth Mikle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mrs Elizabeth Mikle <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2018 03:28:20 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear beloved child of the most high God, May the grace of our Lord be with you as you read this message, it is obvious, that this message will meet you with great surprise. I am Mrs Elizabeth Mikle Paul I am married to Mr Mikle Paul who was the Chief Executive Director of an Oil and Gas producing Company for eleven years before he died on the 27th of November 2013. We were married for eleven years with-out a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his sudden death, we we
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