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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:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Brisa Edkins" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 16:27:50 +0200
Subject: Please read and reply
I am Brisa Edkins, the wife to Max Thabiso Edkins a world bank director of communications who died untimely in an Ethopian Air crash of this month march 2019. You can view this web site for your perusal to find the name of my late husband , I am in pain and currently devastated . We are hospitable people and decided to serve mankind to the best of our ability. Prior the death of my husband Edkins,I have been diagnosed of cancer ,I am living in pains and fighting effortlessly to live a normal life but all to no avail. I write to you, having sourced your address from an online charity email data base. However before the death of my husband , my family had a joint account and deposited the sum of ninety five million dollars with a security firm in USA. The purpose of this email is to propose an investment plan to you using the funds with the security company in USA. Regardless of where you are, in or outside the states, I will be willing to support your business on the basis that thirty percent of your turnover from my capital given to you would be used for charity donations. This is absolutely risk free and requires no payment to acquire. I am doing this because I have less than 3months to live as a human I therefore need a reliable fellow to champion my course by receiving this funds, investing it in private business and donating thirty percent of profit generated to the less privilege or if you are not into any business, you can receive the funds as my next of kin and assist me in distributing it to the less privilege but you must be honest ,do not bother responding if you are not honest or sincere. If you are interested, please send a reply for further details. Sincerely Kinds Regards Brisa Edkins