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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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: MR DONALD JOHN TRUMP <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:09:12 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATTENTION MY DEAR BENEFICIARY!!!
ATTENTIONÂ MYÂ DEARÂ BENEFICIARY!!!
ASSIGNEDÂ BYÂ THEÂ PRESIDENTÂ DONALDÂ TRUMP.....Â OVERDUEÂ FUNDÂ RELEASEDÂ TODAY
IÂ amÂ MR,PRESIDENTÂ DONALDÂ TRUMPÂ andÂ IÂ amÂ writingÂ toÂ informÂ youÂ about
yourÂ BankÂ CheckÂ DraftÂ broughtÂ backÂ byÂ theÂ UnitedÂ EmbassyÂ fromÂ the
governmentÂ ofÂ BeninÂ RepublicÂ inÂ theÂ whiteÂ houseÂ WashingtonÂ DCÂ been
mandatedÂ toÂ beÂ deliverÂ toÂ yourÂ homeÂ addressÂ onceÂ youÂ reconfirmÂ itÂ with
theÂ oneÂ weÂ haveÂ hereÂ withÂ usÂ toÂ avoidÂ wrongÂ deliveryÂ ofÂ yourÂ check
draftÂ worthÂ FiftyÂ millionÂ unitedÂ statesÂ dollarsÂ $50,000,000,00usdÂ that
wasÂ assignedÂ toÂ beÂ deliveredÂ toÂ yourÂ homeÂ addressÂ byÂ Honorable
presidentÂ DonaldÂ TrumpÂ theÂ presidentÂ ofÂ thisÂ greatÂ countryÂ thisÂ week
byÂ aÂ deliveryÂ agentÂ MRÂ ROCHASÂ JESUSÂ AlsoÂ reconfirmÂ yourÂ detailsÂ for
theÂ checkÂ deliveryÂ byÂ fillingÂ theÂ formÂ belowÂ andÂ sendÂ itÂ immediately
toÂ ourÂ email@example.comÂ inÂ forÂ verification
andÂ forÂ promptÂ collectionÂ ofÂ yourÂ fund.Â youÂ canÂ contactÂ myÂ numberÂ 256Â 743Â 9390
withÂ yourÂ info
FillÂ TheÂ FormÂ Below:
1.Â FullÂ NamesÂ :
2.Â ResidentialÂ AddressÂ :
3.Â MobileÂ Number:
4.Â FaxÂ NumberÂ :
5:Â NearestÂ airport
6.Â SexÂ :
7.Â AgeÂ :
8.Â NationalityÂ :
9.Â CountryÂ :
10.Â MaritalÂ StatusÂ :
AcceptÂ myÂ heartyÂ congratulationÂ again!
MRÂ DONALDÂ TRUMP
1600Â PennsylvaniaÂ AveÂ NW,Â Washington,Â DCÂ 20500,Â UnitedÂ State