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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: Richard Maxwell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Richard Maxwell <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 03:23:50 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: DONATION FOR YOU
Beloved family of Mr. Howhannes Sarkisjan . Angela Maxwell has donated the sum of Eight hundred thousand euro (800,000.00 euro) to you from part of their lucky life-changing Jackpot of 53 Million from Euro-millions Lottery. please see our interview by visiting the web page below;View link: https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/life-changing/winner-euromillions-maxwellYour email address was submitted to my wife and I by the Google Management Team and you received this email because we have listed you as one of the lucky millionaires, Kindly send us the below details so that we can direct our Bank to effect a valid Bank Draft in your name to your operational bank account in your country.============Full Name: Country: Age: Occupation: Sex: Mobile/Tel: ============I............................................................hereby Declare that the above information is true and binding on me. If at any time it is discovered that I have given false information, I will forfeit my rights to my donation. View link: https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/life-changing/winner-euromillions-maxwell Thank you and accept our hearty congratulations!Warm Regards, Mr. Richard & Mrs. Angela Maxwell
IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS IS AN AUTOMATIC EMAIL SENDER ALL RESPONSE MUST BE FORWARDED TO (firstname.lastname@example.org)