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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 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: "Titi Kambo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:04:44 +0000
Hello dear,My name is Titi and I am making this contact with hope of an urgent response. I have an important issue to share with you urgently and need you to be a friend,I have seen your profile which I liked. Please respond through ( email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) ),where i can give a proper introduction. Hugs !
Geia sas agapitÃ©, to Ã³nomÃ¡ mou eÃnai Titi kai kÃ¡no aftÃ tin epafÃ me elpÃda gia mia epeÃgousa apÃ¡ntisi. Ãcho Ã©na simantikÃ³ zÃtima na moirastÃ³ mazÃ sas epeigÃ³ntos kai na sas chreiasteÃ na eÃste fÃlos, Ã©cho dei to profÃl sas pou mou Ã¡rese. ParakalÃ³ apantÃste mÃ©so (email@example.com), Ã³pou borÃ³ na dÃ³so mia sostÃ eisagogÃ. AnkaliÃ©s !