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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:
From: "Account Upgrade" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 18:11:19 -0700
Subject: Notification Protect your account.
Your Account Will Be Blocked!
Your Account will Expire, Friday, May 03rd / 2019 If you would like to c=
ontinue using your Email Address,
Upgrade Your Account Now
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UPGRADE IS FREE OFF CHARGE.
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ileged. If you have received it in error, please delete immediately and no=
tify the sender. Do not disclose, copy, circulate or in any way use it. The=
information contained therein is for the intended address(es) only, if you=
reply, its at your own risk. Emails are not guaranteed to be secure or err=
or free, the message and any attachment could be intercepted, corrupted, lo=
st, delayed, incomplete or amended. Mail.Inc does not accept liability for =
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