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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Prof. Samer Azhari"<"Prof. Samer Azhari" <firstname.lastname@example.org>>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 15:00:04 -0400
Subject: RE; HELLO; I am still Waiting for your response
I was in your country in October last year where I went to look for any member of your family. I was lucky to have left there before the pandemic took over and the global lock down set-in. What took me to your country is the issue of the (£23.7 million) someone I presume to be your relative because he shares the same family's name with you who was living here in Paris died and left in our bank. Right now, My bank is planning to move this money into our treasury as unclaimed and abandoned monies. I can't fold my arms and allow this to happen when people like you and I can use some of the money to help ourselves and the poor around us. What needs to be done now to prevent my bank from taking this money is for me to immediately insert your name into the Customer Information Sheet (CIS) or account file and officially make you his heir, and once that is done the money will automatically become yours by the right of inheritance, then we follow our bank inheritance claim procedures, secure
the funds and then share
Prof. Samer Azhari