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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Support" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 09:19:31 +0100
Subject: Security alert! Your CaseID-uxohv2zzat.
Your device and acÂcounts has been hÂacked by me in the sumÂmer of 2019.
You can check it - I senÂt this message from your acÂcount. firstname.lastname@example.org
I know what you like haÂrd funs (adÂult sites).
I'm know your secreÂt life, which you are hidinÂg from everyone.
I also have access to the camÂera on your device, and I periodically take phÂotos and videos with you.
I saved all your emaÂil and chats from your messengÂers. I also saved the entire hisÂtory of the sites you visit.
I'm sure you don't wanÂt to show these filÂes and visiting history to all
TranÂsfer $807 to my BitcÂoin wallet:
Hurry Up :)