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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.
- 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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Ria Loubser <RiaL@TSHWANE.GOV.ZA>
Reply-To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2020 23:12:04 +0000
Subject: Are you truly dead or alive??
I write, on your behalf, that someone is trying to claim your inheritance/donated Funds. This morning, a man named Israel with address 16395 BREEZY ST. FONTANA, CALIF.92336 USA, conveyed a sad message that you had a fatal accident that took your life. he said he was your younger brother and that he would like to claim your $8,000,000.00
He presents comprehensive presentation details for which your money will be nominated to. You can find the following account data here:
MY NAME IS: ISRAEL SIMPLY MEDINA
MY ADDRESS IS: 16395 AIR ST. FONTANA, CALIF.92336
MY BANK IS: WELLS FARGO
MY ACCOUNT NO: 2349875829
IS MY SWIFT CODE: WFBIUS6S
MY ROUTING NO .: 122000247
YOUR ADDRESS LOUD: 15282 SUMMIT AVE. FONTANA, CALIF.92336
Our intelligent group had him to present a certificate of NEXT OF KIN which he could not offer in this Medium. We have decided to contact you via your e-mail address, before we leave and enter his account details.
Our Question, Do you want us to pay him your $8,000,000.00?
Your urgent response is needed as soon as possible. And together with your account data.
Your $8,000,000.00 is ready for transfer. Contact us if you are still alive.