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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: "European Debt Recovery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "European Debt Recovery" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2019 05:46:35 -0700
Subject: Re [ Details About ]
We are very sorry to communicate you through this medium. we are member o=
f the European Debt Recovery Unit and we are aware of your ordeals and chal=
lenges of your unpaid fund.
It might interest you to know that not long after the Debt Management Off=
ice (DMO) completed the merger and acquisition process of all pending payme=
nts, through the petitions submitted by the international communities about=
their unpaid funds, however in the course of our examination and fact find=
ings as stated in the preterition We discovered that one of the top personn=
el in the management compromised with some top officials to divert funds ap=
prove to settle unpaid Fund (concealed funds).
The DMO has already given approval for the payment of your fund but they d=
eliberately withheld your payment file and continue to demand fees from you=
through their associates from different unassigned affiliates mostly from =
Africa, US, Europe and Asia all in an attempt to frustrate you and enrich t=
hemselves. I wonder why you haven't noticed all this while.
You may choose to disbelieve this email as inconceivable but my doctrine =
does not permit such act, reason I have to open up to you to seek the right=
channel. Your fund was authorized to be paid to you through the DMO asset =
management firm with a Key Tested Reference/Claim Code Number, which was su=
pposed to have been issued to you before now.
Upon your response to my message, I shall guide you through and provide y=
ou with details to contact the assigned affiliate who will facilitate the r=
elease of your fund.
Thanks, and have a wonderful day.
European Debt Recovery Agent, UK
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