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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2020 15:47:54 +0600
Subject: I RECORDED YOU!
Hey, check the sender of this email, I sent this email from your email account!
I'm a hacker and programmer, some time ago your computer was infected with my private software, RAT (Remote Administration Tool).
My malware gave me access to all your accounts, contacts and it was possible to spy on you over your webcam.
I was bored and was spying on you, then once I was shocked seeing you started to MASTRUBATE, so I RECORDED YOU!
I can share the video of you with all your friends, contacts, post it on social networks and everywhere else!
You can stop me, send 750$ with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC).
You can buy Bitcoin (BTC) here: http://www.paxful.com/ , http://www.binance.com/ , http://www.coinbase.com/buy-bitcoin
My Bitcoin (BTC) wallet is: 12JXhq1MCVRUxtqGRZ5NGK6XPQFG3BYvHu
Copy and paste it, it's (CaSE-SEnSetiVE).
Send the Bitcoin (BTC) directly to my wallet, or create your wallet first here: https://login.blockchain.com/#/signup and then send to mine.
If you get this email multiple times, it's to make sure you read it and after payment you can ignore it.
You got 2 days time.
Next time update your browser before browsing the web, so you won't get infected again!