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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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Cpt. Jack C. J" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2019 04:26:32 -0000
Subject: Re: Can i count on you
Hello,My name is Capt. Jack C. Jarvis, I am A U.S Army officer assigned to the UN PEACE KEEPING FORCE in Syria & Yemeni an Islamic speaking country as a UN war observer,based on the recent UN/US military Legislative and executive decision to evacuate complete troops out of here in a month time from now.
I have decided to contact you for this business opportunity,relationship and considerable proposition. I want to inform you that I have in my possession 2 valuable boxes which I want to ship to you.
CHECK OUT THE NEWS here for info over the boxes:
Could you be trusted?
If you can please contact me urgently on my private email
If you can't please delete this mail.
Capt. Jack C. J
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