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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Charles Nna <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Charles Nna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 11:03:06 +0100 (GMT+01:00)
I write to inform you that the Management OF Fidelity Bank
Plc ( PLC ) Of Republic Nigeria.Wishes to inform you that we are in
receipt of our ATM CARD issued in your favor with amount of $12.8MILLIOM
USD only, from DHL and they told us to cancel the ATM CARD, That you
have refused to send the mailing fee of your ATM CARD which was
you are now advised to contact our Director General and tell him what
is going on and why you asked DHL to destroy your ATM MASTER CARD.
Contact our DIRECTOR GENERAL Dr.Tony Moore, and send your name, address
and telephone number to him in case you still want to receive your ATM
CARD;Hence he will cancel your ATM
contact DR.TONY MOORE now we have been waiting to hear from you
first,To know if you still want to receive your ATM CARD or not. Before
we will take any action. So feel free to get in touch with our BANK
DIRECTOR GENERAL DR.TONY MOORE, because your ATM CARD is with him now.
And ask him to send you the ATM CARD without any delay if you still want