fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "may come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: =?utf-8?Q?CORR=C3=8AA=2C_EMERSON_CORR=C3=8AA?= VIEIRA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 23:46:03 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: I await your reply soonest.
Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021.
Greetings to you and your family as this letter may come to you as a surprise since we have not yet met,
I want to tell you something important but please kindly accept my apology for sending you this email without your consent. I believe you are a highly respected personality, considering the fact that I got your details through online search on the web during my discreet search for a foreign partner who can assist me in taking this business to its success.
My Name is V.K Kumar. I am currently working in my bank as Marketing Manager. I have a proposal for you, I need your assistance in executing a transaction worth â¬3,780,426 Euros (Three million, seven hundred and eighty thousand, four hundred and twenty-six Euros), I intend to give you 35% of the total funds as compensation for your assistance.This however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honor against your will, but I hope you will accept and consider the value I offer.
I want to know if you are capable of handling funds worth â¬3,780,426 Euros, If you can, then please fill the form below if you are interested.
1. Full Names
4. Current Country:
When you are sure that you can carry out the transaction please get back to me and I will provide you with my personal email address.
I await your reply soonest.
Mr. V.K Kumar.
Please send your reply to this E-mail: email@example.com