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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 (Outblaze.com, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2021 03:45:50 +0000
Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR, WISHING YOU A PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR 2021
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Happy New Year, wishing you a Prosperous and Healthy NEW YEAR 2021.
This is to bring to your notice that USD$10.5M was programmed on your name
via ATM Debit Visa Card. The Debit Master Card can be used on any ATM
Machines all over the World or you can go to your Bank to off-load the
If interested in receiving your Debit Master Card kindly reconfirm your
full Name, Address, Contact (Mobile) Phone Number. Further information will
be communicated to you in my next correspondence on further proceedings on
this transaction and in extension how the Master Debit Card will get to you.
Reply to this e-mail: email@example.com
Mr. Ebenezer N. Onyeagwu
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