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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 "dying merchant" scam.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Sr Agueda Aloisio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 10:27:28 +0000
Subject: My sincere apology for invading into your privacy for this proposal
My sincere apology for invading into your privacy for this proposal
My Name is Sr Agueda Aloisio I am from Portugal I have been diagnosed
It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only
about a few months to live, according to medical experts.
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was
never generous; I was always hostile to People and only focused on my
business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all
this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or
make all the money in the world.
I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would
live my life a different way from how I have lived it.
my chances of survival is not up to %5 according to Doctor but i am not
afraid because I know the will of God will be done.
I would want to have a Personal and Trustworthy Relationship with you, as
I intend and willing to empower the change of ownership for the transfer
of my Deposits to your personal possession for further Investment and
Charity Disbursement to the Less Privilege and Homeless
My wife run away with my wealth and got married to my personal attorney.
I will send you the photos of me in the hospital, including my ex-raw scan,
Thank you for your due consideration. God be with you .
More details and things that i need to explain and send to you regarding
this charity project cannot be sent here and i can only send via email,
that is the reason why i said you should contact me on my email.
I may Not return here to communicate with you, but i will be waiting for
your feedback on my email. email@example.com
Sr Agueda Aloisio