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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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Richard Walter <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 13:24:58 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: MY DEAR READ AND RESPOND.
I'm, Richard Walter,
the Attorney to the West Virginia coal billionaire, Chris Cline 60-year-old & his 22-year-old daughter Kameron who was killed in helicopter crash on the Friday, July 5, 2019 as seen on the news, it's my client wish to donate $16 million to cancer research foundation all over the world,
If you are convinced that you could help within this matter of cancer research and support by being a volunteer distributor of the funds from my client around your local Communities, City and State to help make the world a better place for all.
You are eligible to own and have 15% of the total donation funds you disburse to your country,community,city and state as a field volunteer for my client as stated by him.
Please do contact me on the below Email Contact for further explanations.
You can also view this publication to be very sure of what I am saying
I will wait for your urgent response on this my private email:
Attorney Richard Walter