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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 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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Peter Heilmann" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 09 May 2019 05:35:34 +0100
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD
How are you today? hope all is right with you; Please I advised that you should read this email
message very carefully and urgently get back to me immediately to avoid wrong delivery of your
overdue inheritance unpaid ATM CARD fund worth of $4.8 Million USD presently at our custody United Nation.
After she provided her info to us, she instructed us not to bother or disturbed ourselves by contacting you because you cannot access your email presently due to your present health
condition that we should delivered the funds to her provided information directly because she
is now acting on your behalf. If you still interested of this ATM CARD fund kindly reconfirm your directly information to us urgent to avoid wrong delivery such as okay.
1. Your Full Name:=======
2. Your Telephone No:====
3. Your Country:=========
4. Your Home Address:====
5. Your occupation======
6. Your Nearest airport:==
We wait to hear from you soon Don't keep us waiting for your own good.