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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Roy Cockbum" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 09:00:37 -1200
Subject: FROM COCKRUM FAMILY: CONGRATULATION WINNER
I am Mr Roy Cockrum, I am a 62 years old man and i was born and raised in the area
of Knoxville, but left to pursue a career in theatre. I spent the next 20 years
working as an actor and a stage manager before i joined The Society of Saint
John the Evangelist, after i won my Power ball Jackpot of
$259.8 Million in June 11, 2014, My jackpot was a gift from God to me
and my entire family has agreed to do the will of God.
After winning my Power ball Jackpot of $259.8 Million in June 11, 2014,
I promised God that I will do the right thing to his glory by investing
50% of my money to charity in helping humanity start from the first
month of 2018.and this year i have picked 13 lucky people from registered
email addresses provided to me by Microsoft list/Google list/Facebook
I may not know you, but I believe if you were chosen by God to receive
my donation of US$150,000.00 USD. You must be a God fearing individual,
I am a Christian and i believe that Good things happens to those people
who wait and also believe in faith and in truth.
I am very grateful to you for the interest shown in my plight and I
want to assure you that you will be greatly rewarded for what you have
chosen to do. Although we are knowing each other for the first time but
I believe our father in heaven has directed me to you as I prayed and
searched over the Internet for assistance because I saw your profile on
a list of registered email addresses provided to me by Microsoft
list/Google list/Facebook users from which I picked you and 12 others
specifically from Facebook this year 2019.
I want to use this medium to congratulate you for being one of the
selected winners to receive the amount US$150,000.00 you have been
chosen among the 13 lucky winners in this year grant.
Be assured you stand no risk as this is my money,for source and
verification Please you can read more about me by Viewing this:
I decided to make my donation to both the charity and Individuals as
God has lead me to and i told some Ministers about this which they said
was a welcome idea and promised they will get me a list of some people
that my donation will help their life's and put smile on the face of the
needy, I decided to select my self by going to Facebook to make a
research.My donation of US$150,000.00 US Dollars may not be much to you but i
believe it will go a long way to improving your standard of living like
my Power ball Jackpot did to me.
Meanwhile, my office have tried to reach you by mail on several
occasion but with no success due to that, when ever an e-mail is been
sent to you, it return back to our system as undelivered so if you have
by any chance received this message, endeavour to get back immediately so
that you can be given the proceedings on you can receive your grant.
However for the purpose of proper verification among other relevant
information, it is imperative that you supply us with the following
requirements; and return back to me and my entire household will be glad
for you to visit us after my donation gets to you. Do this on time so
you can contact the payout bank for further directives to receive this
Note: If you received this message in SPAM /BULK folder, it is because of the
restrictions imposed by your MAIL/INTERNET service provider, we urge you to treat
May the Good lord bless your heart to be a blessing to your family and
your society as soon as my donation gets to you.
Mr Roy Cockrum