fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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:
Date: Fri, 01 May 2020 06:50:08 +0300
Subject: TAKE YOUR MONEY
Hi guys I just found this very impressive to let ya'll know ever since this=
convid19 my building projects was affected and I got out of cash and I had=
to go to my bank for credit but my proposal was denied my worries was no l=
onger how to complete project but how to take care of my family cause I hav=
e six kids and my wife got affected by the Corona virus so it was a serious=
challenge for me and my family but you know what I found a genuine way of =
making quick money after several research online and I discover there is a =
certain company named ''MFS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT'' i wrote to this company=
and I started my investment with them on oil and Gold trade with my last $=
3,500 US Dollars and they opened a trade account for me where I monitor my =
profit income the surprising things is that i got $35000,00 US Dollars in 1=
5 days time. This is awesome and wow... if you are out there in need of fun=
ds I advise you to contact ''MFS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT'' today viamfsinvest=
You will have me to thank for this info.