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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: HENRY CHIDKE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2020 04:49:32 -0800
Subject: REIMBURSEMENT AWARD
YOUR TAX ACCOUNT HAS REACHED THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT AWARD, I wanted to follow up with you to see if you have any update on your award, because nobody appears at your address to take the award all during the holidays
You a tax Refund is $ 3,899,478.00 with a brand new car, X3 BMW 2019 Award (the attached file is added to your account) and Bank said it will be there in 72 hours, but nobody shows up at your address to establish the IBAM Number of commercial vehicles, hope you still at this address or did you change to another one, Visit the EUROCLEAR website "www.euroclear.com" to verify the voucher, when it opens tick the circle marked ISIN and enter the following ISIN ticket numbers "US46625HGY09" next to EQUALS, scroll down and hit the arrears key for result indicated to verify bellow
Verify your date of birth: ...
Country of origin and state: ...
Occupation: .... / Nationality: ....
Sex: .... / Closest relative: ...
Old & New email account: .....
Tel: ... and corresponding address with your Full Name: ....
Company Name: People's Rights Organization - International, Inc. Lic., # 1612871 - DBA: dept.foreignaffairssettlements.org
Automatic sent Notification to the winner's email because no one appears at the address for claim
Get back to me!
Henry J Chidke
Executive Vice President and Promotion
Non-Profit Public Interest: Section 331 (C) (4) (1988)
Defense & Enforcement of human Rights Secured By Law