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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:
- "million united states dollars" (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:
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:39:32 +0800
My name is Mr.Robert Cheng. My purpose of writing is to ask your cooperatio=
n in a transaction involving $36 Million United States Dollars. Please keep=
this piece of information a secret.
I was recently contacted by some officials from the oil rich country to loo=
k for a capable person who can be presented as figure head for the movement=
of this money through a much legalized means of transfer. You will get 20%=
of the total amount after your successful cooperation. These are top gover=
nment officials who do not want their identity revealed. The money is proce=
eds of an oil deal fully secured and ready to be released.
Should you be interested,kindly respond to my message as soon as possible f=
or more details or call my mobile number (+601136330306)This is legit and b=
acked up with all its legal documents.
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