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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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 next of kin scam.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Susan Watson" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:34:36 +0100
Subject: I FINALLY FIND YOU
How are you doing today?
It took a lot of time to finally find you.
My name is Mrs.Susan Watson and I work with UBA BANK,this letter is highly privileged,and it requires your immediate and urgent respond,and also,you are receiving this letter because your family name is connected to a deceased client Engineer.Michael,who was a national of your country,Engr. Michael was involved in a plane crash with his wife and three children,which They all died in the crash of the Air France Flight 447,which took place on 1 June.2009,and before his death,Eng.Michael left a fixed Deposit worth two million,seven hundred thousand dollars,($2,700.000.00) with our bank here,and Since the event of the Crash,none of his extended family has been located for the claim of this money,So there is urgent need to present a beneficiary to the bank for the claim of the inheritance,now the bank notified recent to their decision to declare the fund to the government,or they will confiscate the fund as their only option since there is no available next of kin to the deceased to inherit the money,given to you
Kindly forward me your full contact information for more details,and you will offer me 20% of the total money,once the fund is transferred into any of your nominated bank account.
I look forward to your immediate response.contact me with this email.( firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com )
You can see the link of the crash below: