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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",000,000" (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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "JULIE LEACH" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 21:56:47 +0100
Subject: Stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak!
I am Julie Leach from Michigan, A 50-year old mother of 3 children and 11 grand children. I worked as a fiberglass factory employee in Michigan. At September 30th 2015, I won the Power-ball jackpot lottery of $310 Million which makes me quit my job at once. I have been working at the fiberglass manufacturer for over 23 years. So I feel this is a blessing to my life which enables me to quit my job and help my family and very less privilege/less fortunate around me as
I have been doing charity work for 15 years and i also play the lottery every week. I never had any large payout from my years of playing not knowing God has a purpose for me and my family. I have always prayed that God should help me and i was not surprised when i won my Lotto because I have always knew God has a plan for my life because I believed in the part of the Bible that says "ask and you shall receive" and consistently i have always asked for a miracle from God through prayers and i believe you do the same too. My humble family and I have decided to continue God's work after having much prayers and seeking the faith of God over us including order members, and good servants of God. After a lot of prayers together, we make sure that my money goes a long way helping other people all over the world that are in need of financial assistance. I don't have much to say about my self now because am over excited.
So at this point my family and i have decided to donate $5,000,000.00 USD to Two(2) lucky individuals world wide as part of What we promised God to do is he make us a Winner. Its a donation tagged to you and your family and also for you to help the less fortunate, sick, handicapped, and not excluding the cancer patients etc. so if you are getting this mail from me it means you have been chosen by my Humble family and I with the assistance from Power ball Lottery and Gaming (PLG), Google, and Microsoft Corporation who assisted me to collect mailing Data's for random selection, which I found you through "Microsoft Powered Message".
I know you would wonder and why I had to Move to the UK. I decided to move to United Kingdom with my family because, since I won this lottery different taxes have been fallen upon me and much are coming, my Attorney and close friends adviced me to move to United Kingdom with my family rather than paying Taxes Every week.
Please you can know more about me on the lottery winnings by viewing the below website and see for yourself how God works.
My donation may not be much to you, but I believe it will go a long way to improving your standard of living like my Power-ball Jackpot did to me. Hence, I would love to know a few important things about my beneficiary :
May the Good lord bless your heart to be a blessing to your family and the society at large as soon as my donation gets to you. Kindly send me the above information for you to contact my authorized payout bank.
Julie Leach & Family.