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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "moneygram" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- MoneyGram money transfer is completely untraceable and therefore is *not* safe to use with anyone you do not know personally. Along with Western Union it is a preferred method of online criminals to collect money from their victims.
Fraud email example:
From: Abdul <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 08:40:38 +0100
I'm Abdul, from Kwara state Naija based in Kumasi Ghana, i have a new
webmail that blasts emails to inbox, with no limit per day, it lasts
full 2 weeks, i sell current email leads, old facebook accounts, free
SMS bombing tools, old clients that paid their catchers and no limit
inbox SMTP's, i have receiver names for moneygram, Kenya mpesa, Ghana
mobile money accounts and bank accounts for Ghana,Uganda,Mozambique
and Kenya pickup.
I can blast 1 million current email leads with your formats and reply
to boxes for $60, you will be getting dozens of quality replies daily
for several weeks, i buy and sell any type of giftcard and PM i.e:
iTunes,steam wallet,Amazon,Google play,Sephora,JC penny,Nordstrom.
Add me on whatsapp +233272190458 let's discuss more.