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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: SUSAN CAGE <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 08:30:56 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend.
May the peace and blessing of God be upon you.
I got your details after an extensive on-line search Via Power
Charitable Trust) for a reliable person to champion the humanities and
My name Mrs.Susan S cage,I am From Isle of Man but i am on a charity
mission Called All Saints Charity Mission in South Sudan with my late
Husband who passed away as a result of terrorist attack on the United
Nation Office in Sudan.
After the death of My Late Husband, I decided that i continue the work
of Humanity and community services in Sudan, until recently i
diagnosed with a strange illness which i am afraid to mentioned here
,This sickness has put my health on Red alert, weakness, and lost of
Strength to continue the Charity work.
I have decided to donate to you the Balance of our charity fund for
the purpose of continuation of the charitable goals/Humanitarian work
in your country where we received funding for this charity work which
are currently deposited in a Bank. since i can no longer continue
with these charity work as a result of my Illness, I decided to donate
this funds to you.
If you are interested in carrying out this Noble task of Humanity and
communities service, Please furnish me with your details Information
I wait to hear from you soon.Thank you for your attention.
Mrs. Susan S Cage