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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 03:27:42 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !!!
We bring greetings in the name of the Lord. This message has been sent to you as a notification that you have been selected to use our charity project, which aims to touch life and help those we can all over the world as God bless me
I'm Azim Hashim Premji, an Indian business magnate, Investor and philanthropist. I am the chairman of Wipro Limited. I have 25 percent of my personal fortune for charity Purposes spent. And I also promised the rest of 25% in give away this year 2019. I have decided to Donate you 1,000,000.00 USD. If you are interested in my donation, contact me for more information. I also want that You are part of my charity foundation as soon as you receive this money so that we can unite to the needy to help.
I apologize for sending you this unwanted email, but your e-mail was chosen and sent to my foundation after successful search from Google & Facebook.
Please note that if you find this e-mail in your spam, please know that this is due to a low network You can also read more about me through the following link
Contact via email for more information:
Managing Director Wipro Limited