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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: WE CAN WORK TOGETHER <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2020 01:27:26 +0100
Good morning my brother...
My name is TONY, from Edo & based in Ikeja...I am a well experienced
Guy in the street. I have Barclays Bank UK & Barclays Bank, USA online
banking..for Next Of Kin, Come nd Carry, Dating & inheritance.
I get UK & US mobile banking. I have strong packaging for work and you
will not regret working with me. my percentage is 50/50. I can
repackage your old jobs...I have a better ideal I can give you to
divert your dating work to Next Of Kin. I CAN ALSO GIVE YOU A GOOD
FORMAT MAKE U DEY BOMB AM...IF YOU GET REPLY I GO DEY FOLLOW UP FOR
YOU AND I HAVE STRONG PACKAGING FOR IT...I ALSO HAVE GOOD CONTACT FOR
TOOLS LIKE DIRECTORS EMAILS, WEBMAIL, SMTP, DOMAIN EMAIL & BANK
Bro u can reach me on my direct mobile line for more discussion: 07064362096.