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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: "Tan Chheng" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2020 03:15:24 +0700
Subject: Ref. QX7/2GO/6882
I am Ms. Tan Chheng, the CEO of Hong Kong Diamond & Jewelry Shops in Cambodia. I was recently diagnosed of cancer, my husband was killed by assassin, view the link; http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/oknha-brutally-killed/
I want to entrust a donation to you for a charitable project to handle on my behalf, as i will be undergoing surgical operation in a few week time which I pray to survive it. I want the philanthropist work of my late husband to continue to reach people around the globe, but because of my health condition I will not be able to handle the project myself, that is the reason I am willing to you $28,950,000.00 USD to continue the good work in my late husband name. You will use the funds to create shelter for widows, less privilege, and poor people in your communities.
I have informed my lawyer about my decision willing the money to you for charity purpose. Please if you are sincerely ready to handle the project with your wholeheart.Then kindly contact my Lawyer; Mr.Bong Ra Sak, through his e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Call! him +855888639224 Quote my reference: QX7/2GO/6882
Thank you for your understanding.
Ms. Tan Chheng