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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "R8IvPlzMy3jWY1j0@shithole.trillianpro.com" <R8IvPlzMy3jWY1j0@shithole.trillianpro.com>
Date: 12 Jan 2019 16:12:02 -0800
Subject: Your account was compromised!
As you can see from the subject your email account was compromised. You can also see i have sent you this email from your own email account. Read this FULL message and i will tell you what action to take.
Some time ago you visited various adult websites. On one of those websites i installed a backdoor and your system was infected by it. For example, i know one of the passwords you used was "czz000". I have access to all your contacts, your email accounts, your files, etc.
It does not matter how many times you change your passwords, i will always have access to your device using my backdoor. From time to time i also activated your camera and recorded some nice videos of you while you "satisfied yourself" watching adult content. I have also downloaded all the files from your device and stored all your contacts.
I could send all the nasty videos i have to all your contacts and email connections but i am going to give you a way out so read on and find out how to prevent this.
I guess you don't want me to send the "very revealing" videos i have of you to all your contacts, friends and family. Imagine the disgrace! Imagine the impact this will have on your life!
For my secrecy i want you to transfer $500 in B I T C O I N S to my address: 14b98aNonabs45K3hbxwuRPUKBY25F9YXe (copy/paste this, it is case sensitive)
If you don't know how to use B I T C O I N S, search goole, it is very easy and you can buy them on alot of websites using your debit or credit card.
When you opened this email my system triggered a timer, from now on you have 8 hours to make this transaction. My system will monitor the B I T C O I N address i gave you for any transactions. If it does come in on time all the data i have on you will be erased, the backdoor on your system will destroy itself and you will never hear from me again. If the transaction does NOT come in on time my system will automatically send the "revealing" videos i have of you to ALL your contacts, friends and family. Furthermore, your system will be locked up and you will never be able to use it again, even if you disconnect it from the internet.
Don't take this personally, i live in a country where it is very hard to feed my family, that's why i do this. I did not target you, you visited the wrong website at the wrong time.
Your time is counting!