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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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 pounds" (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)
- ",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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Luen Yick Mfg Co Ltd"< firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 22:43:17 +0000
My name is Guang Huiqing the owner of Luen Yick Mfg Co Ltd Wuhan China. I am in hospital suffering from covid 19 (coronavirus). I have complications due to COVID 19 and the doctor told me that I may not survive. My husband died of COVID 19 and his wish before he died is to help other people affected by COVID 19 and invest the rest of the money in any business of your choice.
However, I came across your details on the internet while searching for a reliable person to help me to achieve my husband wish by helping people affected by COVID 19 and invest in your country.It will be in my interest to transfer this fund worth £10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Pounds Sterling) in a bank account for you to support the people affected by Covid19 in your country and investment the rest. Can you be of help? If you are interested and ready to help please contact our financial officer so that she can transfer the money to you. See her contact details below:
Name Chen Sofia Shun
Company - Yang Financial Consultant
Direct phone: +34632445661
Address- CL Campo Real, 88
28806 -Alcalade Henares.Madrid
Luen Yick Mfg Co Ltd Wuhan China
10/F Flat F Block 2, Kings-ford Ind'L