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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Subject: We have hacked your device!
We have compromised your system. To show you we posses complete access to it we have delivered you this email from your own private e-mail account (see the "from" email address). We furthermore know that among the list of passwords you used to use is "qodoqewi" for example. Don't stress, we will clarify how it all occurred and what you can do about it.
Some time ago you visited a website with mature contents, that website had a trojan that was created by us, this trojan downloaded itself on your system launching a backdoor that gives us complete access into your system. Altering passwords will not help because our backdoor will constantly remain open if we don't close it ourselves.
We also downloaded all your social contacts, mail contacts, data and information to our server. Moreover we activated your camera at times and recorded videos of you while you "pleased" yourself watching adult material on the internet. Those clips are also kept on our server. To sum up we now posses all your information and some "nasty" clips of you.
You are probably questioning what we are going to do with this content. Perhaps we use it to ruin your social life by forwarding all the information we have with browser history and the naughty videos of you to all your social and mail contacts. Imagine the damaging impact this will have on your life! Think about how this will impact the relationship with your loved ones! Or possibly we remove it all, shut the backdoor on your device and don't use it and you can go on living your life like this never occurred. It's all your decision....
When you opened this e-mail our system activated a timer (our system monitors the mail header to see when you launched it), from now on you posses 6 hours (6 hours is 6 hours, not a moment more) to perform the following action:
Down below you will see our bitcoin address (copy/paste it, it's case sensitive). If you do not want us to ruin your social life and relationship with your family members you will need to transfer $590 (USD) to it. You can browse Google how you can purchase bitcoins, it is really easy and you can do it instantly. Keep in mind that you need to do this inside the given timeframe so you better do it right this moment.
Our system is watching this address, when the transaction appears in time the timer will stop counting, we will erase all the information on our server we posses on you, the backdoor on your system will terminate and you will without doubt never hear from us again... case closed and not one person needs to know about your nasty secrets. If it doesn't come in on time, your life will change in a very negative way.
Our bitcoin address: 352mo3ZF2fPpvJXL9mj8Uur6AM3DNbnXxS