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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:
Date: Mon, 27 May 2019 12:13:14 -0400
Subject: email@example.com has been hacked, change your password ASAP
As you may have noticed, I sent this email from your email account (if you didn't see, check the from email id). In other words, I have fullccess to your email account.
I infected you with a malware a few months back when you visited an adult site, and since then, I have been observing your actions.
The malware gave me full access and control over your system, meaning, I can see everything on your screen, turn on your camera or microphon and you won't even notice about it.
I also have access to all your contacts.
Why your antivirus did not detect malware?
It's simple. My malware updates its signature every 10 minutes, and there is nothing your antivirus can do about it.
I made a video showing both you (through your webcam) and the video
you were watching (on the screen) while satisfying yourself.
With one click, I can send this video to all your contacts (email, social network, and messengers you use).
You can prevent me from doing this.
To stop me, transfer $950 to my bitcoin address.
If you do not know how to do this, Google - "Buy Bitcoin".
My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is 17RkET37Nb9rMxPLvtcgUjepWBG2bBW4Hh
After receiving the payment, I will delete the video,
and you will never hear from me again.
You have 48 hours to pay. Since I already have access to your system
I now know that you have read this email, so your countdown has begun.
Filing a complaint will not do any good
because this email cannot be tracked.
I have not made any mistakes.
If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, I will immediately send the video to all of your contacts.