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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:
- "my names are " (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: "Dr Kenneth J. Morrison" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:51:33 -0400
Subject: Get back for more details
My names are Dr. Kenneth J. Morrison A financial Auditor with the United Nations.
I came across your Inheritance Fund File and confirmed that you have not received your fund and the only and best option by
which you can receive your fund without demanding of Charges of any kind and also to avoid traces by the Global Security
agencies is by Opening an Indirect Link Server Further Credit Delivery account with Thasis Bank USA.
However, you should get back to me so that i can detail you with the contact of the paying bank so that you can contact them
and request for information and guild-lines to open Indirect Link Server Further Credit Delivery account so that we can
proceed to deposit your fund into your online account for you to start transferring your funds into any bank account of
your choice globally without any problem or traces by the Authorities ok.
I wait for your response so that we can proceed
Dr Kenneth J. Morrison