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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- delivery information to my secretary pamela bill (email@example.com) and ask her to send the atm card containing the total of (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: WARREN BUFFETT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 09:48:20 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend
Covid19 Relief Fund
How are you and your family? It has been brought to my knowledge that
you are yet to receive your ATM card containing my $1.5 million
to your inability to meet up with the financial requirement.
Reconfirm your delivery information to my secretary Pamela Bill
(email@example.com) and ask her to send the ATM card
containing the total of ($1,500.000.00 US DOLLARS ) to your preferred
address right-away. Inform her that I have pledged to help you with
whatever it would cost to finally get your ATM card to you.
Accept this gesture as my token of assistance to you and your loved
ones in these trying times of covid-19.
Contact Pamela Bill here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Warren E Buffett