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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 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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Victor Adams Adams" <MNM@biscuit.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr.Victor Adams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 18:34:36 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello my good friend
Hello my good friend,
How are you? i hope you are doing great?
You may not understand why this mail came to you, but if you do not remember me, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar
business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of
another partner from USA. who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.
I thank you for your great efforts to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. I want to inform you that I
have successfully transferred the fund to my new partner's account in China that was capable of assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity,
courage and trust worthiness you showed during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of Two Million and
Five hundred thousand dollars( US$2.500.000 ), I have left a Bank draft Check for you worth US$2.5M Dollars, and you can withdraw cash anywhere Bank around you or you
done the transaction in your bank for safety, you go with your passport or ID Card only and the bank will pay the money to your account or obtain an ATM MASTER CARD
for safety too.
My dear friend I will like you to contact my Account Officer with his direct email address at:(email@example.com)+1(912) 421-6518 for the collection of
your Bank draft Check, his name is: Mr.Williams Ben. I authorized him to release the Bank draft Check to you whenever you contact him regarding for it. At the moment,
I'm very busy with my partner because of the investment project which we are having at hand now. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is
from the bottom of my heart, Also comply with Mr. Billy directives so that your Check can reach you without delay.
Please do not forget to let me know when you get the Bank draft Check from him. Contact my account officer through his email address for the release of your Banker's
draft Check (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Washington, D.C. USA.