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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: nadine williams <email@example.com>
Reply-To: nadine williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2020 09:56:53 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Donation From Mrs Nadine Williams
I am Mrs Nadine Williams, I married Mr. Benson Williams, for 19 yearswithout a childÂ and my husband died in 2015. I'm contacting you so thatyou will know my desire to donate the sum of ( 6,500,000 Dollars ) that Iinherited from my late husband to charity, currently the fund is still in thebank. Recently, my doctor told me that I have serious sickness which is cancerproblem and I will not last for the next 2 months.
I want a personÂ that will use this fund fororphanages, schools, churches, widows, propagating the word of God in hiscountry.
Reply me for more information's, and also Send me thefollowing information, as per below.
Your full name ..........
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Your sister in christ
Mrs Â NadineWilliams