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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. lim Kaan" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2020 08:11:51 -0500
Subject: Re: Good day !!
I am Mr.lim Kaan, a Banker and credit system programmer here in our bank, through the bank DTC Screen in my office I decided to use this very chance to know you.
Your Name tally's with the Next of Kin to our deceased Customer, an Oil Merchant / Contractor , whose Contract sum value of US$ 25.5 Million has Matured and awaiting administrative order for remittance .
I will use my office to place you as the next of Kin to the deceased Customer late Erick Singh ,and we shall share the Fund 50/50%. There is no risk involve we shall execute the deal legally without any problem.
Do get back to me with the following to enable us proceed, also I shall give you more details once i have your details.
1) Your Full Name...............:(2) Residential............ Address:............(3) Phone and Mobile number.................. . Age............../ Occupation................
Awaiting your Response
Have a pleasant day.