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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss.Phannika Sawasdipol" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2020 15:44:14 +0530
Subject: My name is Miss phannika Sawasdipol pls i need your urgent attention
My name is Miss phannika Sawasdipol the daughter of Late Maj.
Gen.Khattiya Sawasdipol from Thailand now on exile . My Late Father
Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol was the leader of the Anti- government
protesters("The Red Shirts") who was shot on the head on 13th May 2010
when he was granting an interview to the New york times.
Please read story here:
The Thailand government seized all the companies owned by my late
father and his partners and also froze his bank accounts. I write to
seek your assistance in investing the only Ten Million Three Hundred
Thousand United states Dollars(US$10,300,000.00) my late father left
for me in bitcoin and i will give you all the necessary documents and
legal backing to allow you get the funds.This is the platform:
You are assured of immense benefit as 30% of the money will go to
you,if you assist me in securing this fund. I ran away for safety ,
so kindly reply back to me for more details.I shall also map out 5%
for all expenses incured in the course of the transfer.
Please do not let people see this email to you even if you are not interested.