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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms.Davis Prisca" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 11:00:25 +0100
Subject: Greetings to You
Greetings to You. Melvin Celess Melvin
Thanks for your email. I am very sorry for my late response. be inform that your funds (Ten Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). has been approved for immediate payment through blockchain wallet account and we have made every arrangement regarding the payment. you are hereby informed that every arrangement regarding the transfer of your fund has been perfected. note that the transfer of your fund will be tomorrow as soon as we hear from you
I am advising you to keep this transaction confidential please don't let anybody to know about this transaction until you receive the fund
you are required to reconfirm your details to us once again to avoid transferring your fund into a ghost account.
Your name in full
Your marital status
Your full residential address
Your direct phone numbers
A copy of your international passport scanned and sent to me by mail