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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: "Engineer Norbert Domansky" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 15:04:54 -0700
Subject: Attn: Customer,
This message is strictly for the owner of this e-mail ID.
I am Engineer Norbert Domansky, former staff at Australian Worldwide Exploration (AWE) Sydney, Australiamet.
We are also friend in the Linkedin.
After several thought I think we can do an oil business deal that is being pending in one of first class bank in Middle East and Switzerland.
When I was working with Australian Worldwide Exploration (AWE) Sydney, Australia my company sent me to Brega Libya during Ghaddafi time.
We did the exploration and our company was paid in full before death Ghedaffi.
And then there is over invoiced sum of USD6,652,000.00 unpaid at finance company in Cairo Egypt and part at Brussels Belgium without claim.
Now I want you to assume my partner so the finance house can process the payment and transfer to your bank account.
Then you will be entitled with 25% of the total money.
Please I want your comment to this before I give out further information please.
Please be sincere and hold it to your heart without disclosing it to any person.
Engineer Norbert Domansky.
609 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia