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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.
Fraud email example:
From: jeffrey emrnest <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 03:11:08 +0100
Subject: we are waiting for you here thank you
* It has come to our notice after a Meeting of the Federal Finance
Committee on Debts and Reconciliation,that a certain agent that was
appointed by you to come and make a claim in the ongoing payment Scheme
approved by the House Of Commons in compensation to victims of scams.A
certain man came forward to represent you to receive the monetary
compensation of Three Million,One Hundred Thousand dollars only.Belowis his
details;Scot Green of 12354 N HUMPHREY S BOISE, ID 83714 IDAHO USA, Bank of
America 9780 W Fair view Ave Boise, ID 83704 Routing No: 125000574 Swift
Code: BOFAUS3N Wire Routing No. 026009593 A/C No: 001254157756 Beneficiary:
Scot GreenYes he said that you have passed away and that he is the next of
kinto your entitlements.If you are not dead,kindly reconfirm back to me
immediately as we areon the verge of issuing out payments to people
involved.reply us here (**daviddwilliam50@protonm