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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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Allen Jones" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:46:33 +0800
Subject: Attn dear ???
At the just concluded 73rd United Nation General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York which holds from September 25,
2018 to October 1, 2018, the World Leaders severely frowned at corruption in Africa Continent and President Donald Trump use
the opportunity to categorically inform African Leaders to curb corruption in Africa Continent as a matter of urgency, which
has caused foremost setbacks in Africa Continent and do everything humanly possible to compensate all scammed victims
globally who were ripped-off huge sums of money in their efforts to receive their legitimate payment entitlements by some
unscrupulous elements, fraudsters and some corrupt Government/Central Bank officials with their connived agencies and
Conversely, preliminary investigation/verification carried out have yielded significant result hence the recipient of this
message have scaled the hurdle and stand 99.9% chance to receive the recommended and approved USD10,000,000 (Ten Million U.S.
We therefore, implore you to urgently contact us on receipt of the message reply me back immediately with your last answer so
I can move on further on the basis of your answer.we are working round to ensure that the USD10,000,000 (Ten Million U.S.
Dollars) compensation fund is released to you in less than ten working days from the date of receipt of your reply. Please
1. Your full name:
2. Your full address:
3. Your working telephone numbers:
Mr Allen Jones