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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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mother Susan Paolo" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2020 04:02:37 -0300
Subject: CAN I TRUST YOU ?
Dear beloved Friend
I am Susan Maria Dieci, the wife to Paolo Dieci who founded the European NGO International Committee for the Development and Contractor with Turkish Government on construction of metro rail he is among the peoples who died untimely in an Ethiopian Air crash of the month march 2019. You can view this web site for your perusal to find the name of my late husband , I am in pain and currently devastated .
I have been diagnosed of cancer ,I am living in pains and fighting effortlessly to live a normal life but all to no avail. I write to you, having sourced your address from an online charity email data base. However before the death of my husband my family had a joint account and deposited the sum of USD45,000,000 with a Bank in Turkey.
I am doing this because I have less than 6 months to live as a human I therefore need a reliable person to fellow to champion my course by receiving this funds for reinvesting and for the help of charity only.
you can receive the funds as my next of kin and assist me in distributing it to the less privilege but you must be honest ,do not bother responding if you are not honest or sincere. If you are interested, please send a reply for further details.
Mrs Susan Maria Paolo Dieci