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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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Igor" <Sales@omailing.online>
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 02:03:13 -0800
Subject: TOP URGENT
I am here with a good and bad news for you. Just a
few months ago I hacked your operating system and I
have full control of your devices.
I implanted a small application into your device which
sends me your current IP address and allows me to connect
to your device just like remote desktop.
Even if you change your password, it wonât help. Don't even
worry, I am good at what I do.
How I infected you?
The router that you used to connect to Internet had a security
hole. You can read about this problem by searching for CVE-2018-10562.
I hacked your router and I put my code into it, and when you
tried to connect to Internet, my program infected your device.
Later I made a full copy of your hard drive (I have all your
email contact lists, list of websites you visited, phone numbers,
your passwords etc.). I also have records of all your files in details,
documents and information.
A little while later, when I was searching your web browsing
history I was shocked by what I saw!! I have every of your information
including videos stored.
For months I have been spying on you through your device camera, and I
would be very worried if I were you, apart from that I have access to
your documents and needed information.
I have secured 2 videos:
video_1557074047.mp4 (119.1 MB)
video_1555285697.mp4 (64.5 MB)
video_1456789456.mp4 (132.6 MB)
You can verify that the timestamps correspond to the videos. Now, because
I do not like at all what I saw (thatâs pretty crazy and ugly) I ask you
to send me a donation through Bitcoin network. 2500 US dollars is a fair price
(considering your perversions) and what I have.
If you want me to forget about the whole case, remove the files
and disable the nasty app that is spying you, send me the Bitcoin
payment within 72 hours. Yes, I give you 72 hours only.
Here is my wallet:
Send exactly 0.13 BTC to my address:
(copy it and paste - itâs case sensitive)
0.13 BTC = 2500 dollars
If you do not send me the Bitcoin, I promise you - I will send
those 3 files with you enjoying yourself to all your contact
lists, associates and social network friends.
I still have access to your device and I know when you read this
message. When you opened it, time started ticking. You have 72
I am from Russia and nobody will help you if you report this
email. Before they find me your life and business will be ruined! If you do
not cooperate with me - I will release this ugly material
This is why I advise you - send me the Bitcoin and letâs forget
about the whole situation.
If you do not know how to send bitcoin
Step 1: Create an account on www.blockchain.com
Step 2: Buy 0.13 BITCOIN
Step 3: Send the amount on this BTC address:
Step 4: Contact me on this email address firstname.lastname@example.org
with this subject: 377VIPERIGOR-RESTOREKEYPC003000
After this steps you will receive through email the key and a
Make sure you send it to the right address.
Here is my address again:
to my address: 13jCc7RP7RnmMtt4MGBss6suC1mgtRvTKx
Remember to send the exact amount as above! This way I will know
itâs from you.
Time is ticking..