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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. David Kent." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:08:49 -0500
Subject: From Federal Reserved Bank!!!
Following the Decision of the Trustees of the Federal Reserve Bank to Release Long Abandoned funds to a Subsidiary Bank, My Name Is David Kent, I work in a Bank in New York,The name will be disclose to you In my subsequent mail Upon your Positive response, Please Can you urgently stand as Beneficiary To an abandoned $6.5 Million Usd Which Is about to be declared as " UNCLAIMED ASSETS FUND " ??? You Must Appreciate That I Am Constrained From Providing You With More Detailed Information At This Point.
Please Respond To This Mail As Soon As Possible To Afford Me The Opportunity Divulge Further.
Thank You for Accommodating My Enquiry.