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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.Mike Ferdinand. X" <xx@yy>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2020 15:23:47 +0200
Subject: RE:IMPORTANT INFORMATION !!!
It is no news that the Corona Virus pandemic demands call for swifter actions and better resolutions. The alarming death rates, the world over with no aid as almost every nation is affected. Economies and governments crumbling with no rescue whatsoever. As a result, most governments and the aid they receive is used majorly to acquire testing kits and Primary Protective equipment (PPS) as well as Hand sanitizers, disinfectants and N95 Masks. A few also utilise their funds to purchase screening kits.All these in a bit to stop the spread and reduce the deaths. As there is still no cure nor vaccine. Major cities thrown into lockdown in a drastic measure to curb down the spread. All focus on prevention and testing. No attention whatsoever is given to the average individual who has lost his means of survival to this pandemice. Whose primary concern is where the next meal is going to come from. To such, Corona Virus is a secondary issue as they may die of hunger even before the virus gets to them. No aid whatsoever is coming to people like these. They are also part of the human race we are all trying to preserve. If they die of hunger , its a much more devastating fate than to be infected with Covid 19. We cannot let that happen.
To this effect , we are preying on your humanity to lend a helping hand and help keep the human race alive. Donations you make would be used to get food and medical supplies to people who have no means of survival the world over. Let give them a reason to hope and have faith.
we indulge you to donate towards this cause, and help preserve the integrity of the human race.
To make a donation, please contact Mr.Christopher Cady: firstname.lastname@example.org