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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 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: Mrs Sara Benjamain <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:09:55 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: GOOD NEWS From Mrs. Sarah Benjamin.
Congratulations to you and your family, in the name of Jesus, my name is Sarah Benjamain, I am a woman in the hospital, have decided to donate what I have to the poor charities in your country. I am a 71-year-old woman without a child and I have liver cancer since the past 4 years,right after my husband's death, Andrin Benjamain, director of TC Industries, gave up the late husband's fund for the charity project. I am about to give you under your care, as soon as I hear from you, I will give you more details.
You can contact me via my private email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.