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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Chriss Anthony" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2018 05:59:50 +0900
Subject: VERY URGENT
Please urgent reply You Are Expected To email Once You
Receive this Email:(firstname.lastname@example.org)
(UBA BANK)has finalize all the necessary arrangement and
your fund is inside
ATM CARD this moment your ATM CARD is in EMS OFFICE
waiting for your Address
where to deliver it. INFO:
Kindly Reconfirm the below information to us and make
sure your address is
writing correctly to avoid wrongful delivery of your ATM
Master Card to a wrong
1) YOUR FULL NAME:
2) YOUR RECEIVING ADDRESS:
3) YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER:
4) A VALID COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT/DRIVEN
5) YOUR COUNTRY
Upon the receipt of your mailing address we shall
proceed to dispatch your ATM
Master Card worth of $9,500,000.00 directly to your
nominated address so you
absolutely have nothing to worry about all we need is
your Prompt Response and
Co-operation by Gods Grace we will have a successful
Your Urgent Response is highly anticipated!